Teaching excellence framework (TEF)

Children look at soft toys

While the latest results of the teaching excellence framework brought joy for a number of institutions, they also throw up new questions about the validity of the exercise

False data

Understanding how and why a university achieved a particular rating has become a tougher job than ever, writes Simon Baker

Head in sand

Only 17 per cent of Ucas questionnaire’s 85,000 respondents understood government’s flagship exercise designed to improve student choice 

Children look at soft toys

While the latest results of the teaching excellence framework brought joy for a number of institutions, they also throw up new questions about the validity of the exercise

Gold measure

The Hepi/Advance HE Student Academic Survey finds undergraduates at gold-rated institutions do not rank teaching staff highly

Illustration: TEF metrics

Concerns about the teaching excellence framework’s rigour and integrity have not been addressed. The exercise needs a fundamental rethink, says Guy Nason

False data

Understanding how and why a university achieved a particular rating has become a tougher job than ever, writes Simon Baker

Students raising hands during lecture

Improvements in the TEF awards from one year to another is not only remarkable, says Paul Aswhin, it also calls into question the validity of this exercise to accurately measure teaching quality 

Lecturer in front of blackboard

THE journalists and Chris Husbands, chair of TEF, analyse the awards announced in the latest round of the teaching excellence framework

The second round of TEF outcomes shows a diverse higher education sector that excels in making a challenging and stimulating offering to its students, says Chris Husbands

Pile of casino chips on gambling table

Universities of Liverpool and Southampton among those to improve their ratings

tape measure

UK universities have criticised proposals for discipline-level assessment in the teaching excellence framework

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Better recognition of the wider social benefits of both teaching and research would help universities regain public goodwill, says Nick Petford 

Head of QAA says a wave of allegations against alternative providers shows need for action on academic malpractice

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Sam Gyimah tells MPs that for universities ‘to carry on as if we are still in 1965 is not acceptable’

Woman watching The Open University on TV while holding child

Pleas by Conservative backbenchers for an intervention to help the OU ignore the fact that they recently made it harder to assist under-pressure institutions, says Pam Tatlow

medical training

Edge Hill vice-chancellor John Cater explains why the new non-Russell Group medical schools are so vital

gold silver bronze TEF rating

Lancaster University's vice-chancellor Mark E. Smith and Nicola Owen argue that a new composite ranking offers a more nuanced view of institutional excellence

Loughborough University hot air balloon

Architects of merged league table say results show how old hierarchies are outdated, but pre-92 institutions still dominate

Old and young people

Academics with higher qualifications or more experience could get higher scores in subject-level teaching excellence framework

UCU picket sign

The reawakening of political activism within academia sparked by the pensions strike will reinvigorate scholarship, says Jana Bacevic