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

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Royal Statistical Society vice-president Guy Nason explains why it has taken the unusual step of reporting the Teaching Excellence Framework to the UK’s statistics watchdog

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The teaching excellence framework “needs urgent fixing” at all levels, review is warned

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Universities UK fears cost of assessment could nudge £250,000 per provider

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Only one in 10 respondents to UCU survey welcomes introduction of UK’s teaching assessment

Burn out and stress

Using the teaching excellence framework to drive up teaching standards is fundamentally misconceived, says Matt Waddup

TEF results: alternative providers and further education

Sir Chris Husbands visits Australia as it considers introducing performance-related funding system similar to UK’s teaching excellence framework

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Only one in 50 respondents to DfE survey correctly state that ratings are not based on class observations

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Data for English universities seem to show government metric based on salaries is skewed by location

Australia’s move to performance-based funding must be better thought through than England’s TEF, say Gwilym Croucher and Kenneth Moore

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Review will assess whether process behind TEF ratings are ‘fit for use’ and whether scheme is in the public interest

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Institutions face ‘never-ending rollercoaster’ of assessment, conference hears

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UK higher education providers to be assessed across 34 disciplinary areas

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Researchers clash with former minister on potential application of ‘distance travelled’ measures

University of London institution complained its large international cohort meant it was penalised in assessment

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Analysis of latest data could spark similar debate to that seen in relation to the REF, about whether a complex assessment process is needed

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