Teaching excellence framework (TEF)

Students in lecture hall

Simon Baker explores the mechanics of the teaching excellence framework to determine if it was fair, if universities will attempt to game it, if it will win public favour and if it will change in future iterations

Full TEF results for all the universities in the TEF ranked by main award and core metrics

Powerful market regulator could also award its own degrees to address gaps in provision, consultation states

gold silver bronze TEF rating

Strong performers in the teaching excellence framework may have benefited from slick brand-building, Hepi report suggests

gold silver bronze TEF rating

Paul Ashwin sees reasons for concern in the government's latest teaching excellence framework guidelines


‘Teaching excellence and student outcomes framework’ switch follows new metrics

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No correlation between HEA fellowship numbers and TEF ratings, analysis also finds

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Joy Carter urges universities and policymakers to embrace the ‘joy of learning’


Use of new graduate earnings data further undermines validity of exercise, critics warn

Jo Johnson, minister

Minister outlines plans for TEF and new regulator to tackle problem

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Edward Peck looks at the findings of UUK’s Review of the Teaching Excellence Framework

HEA's latest National Teaching Fellows announced


But Hefce rejects all other appeals, including from Durham, Liverpool, Southampton

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Together, FE and HE can become a dynamic force for skills development in the UK, writes Alison Whittle

Crosshair on money

Paper highlights possible negative impact of performance-related funding and for-profit universities on widening participation  

Boycott the NSS protesters

The effectiveness of the NSS boycott means it is now time for universities to sit up and listen, says Sorana Vieru

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The subject-level teaching excellence framework could lead to a lot of stress for no great gains over the institution-level TEF, says Andrew McRae

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The success of the student boycott of the National Student Survey is not necessarily a success for students, writes Andrew McRae 

Expanding degree apprenticeships will strengthen universities’ important role in improving their local communities, says Dawn Morley

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UEA and Soas among institutions challenging awards in sector-wide assessment of teaching quality

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A pilot planned for the subject-level teaching excellence framework has revived debate about the importance of small group teaching at university

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John McCormack has been speaking to teaching-only staff at Russell Group universities, and they have plenty of reasons to be annoyed