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

Dorothy Bishop will not miss Jo Johnson, but is under no illusions that new minister Sam Gyimah will overturn any of his reforms

Sam Gyimah

Chris Parr looks at the issues that THE's Twitter followers think the new universities minister should be tackling

Man and woman peer out from behind bunches of bananas

After the twin shocks of Brexit and Trump, Patrick McGhee can only guess what the next 12 months will bring. Are you ready for peer-reviewed tweets, TEF results determined by University Challenge, and ‘lyecturers’ for hire?

university lecture

UUK chief executive Alistair Jarvis outlines how he hopes the HE sector will work with the new OfS

Trump and the bomb

The past year has seemed one of almost daily shocks and surprises for higher education, which THE has divulged, documented and dissected

reading, tablet, online

Chris Parr reveals the 25 Times Higher Education stories that received the most views during the last 12 months

Quality control guarantee

The TEF’s new name may be less misleading, but its incentives remain just as perverse, says Roger Brown

Stephanie Marshall looks at the common features exhibited by universities that successfully achieved a TEF rating upgrade

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

People squeezed into tiny van

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

triangle, warning

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

lecture, lecture hall, students

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

bridge, broken, coooperation

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