Teaching excellence framework (TEF)

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HEA expert says universities may not want to jeopardise good institutional rating

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If the outcomes of ‘active learning’ are so much better than those for traditional lectures, why stick with the old format? asks Simone Buitendijk

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The Excellence Initiative in Germany and the UK’s TEF may bring only bad news for universities’ reputations, says David Matthews

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Findings from the German Excellence Initiative raise questions over impact of TEF

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Lords may insist on changes if they scent chance of overturning UK government’s slim Commons majority

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Peers back further amendments to Higher Education and Research Bill

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Peers back amendment which says TEF cannot be used to determine English universities’ fees

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Commentator Martin Wolf examines the economic flaws and false assumptions of the Higher Education and Research Bill

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Keele University academic argues that the TEF ‘legitimises’ and ‘amplifies subordination’ of overseas students

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Jisc report for Hepi says technology is a ‘key tool’ in responding to challenges laid down by TEF

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Total of 134 institutions includes all English members of the Russell Group
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Open University vice-chancellor Peter Horrocks on why his institution will not be in the teaching excellence framework this year

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First transnational study of how university dropouts fare in the labour market suggests any exposure to higher education is better than none

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Chair voices concerns over student satisfaction data as Cambridge’s students’ union joins NSS boycott

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Gill Evans laments the financial cases universities make for entering the teaching excellence framework

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Measuring learning gain via self-reporting is difficult as top graduates underrate abilities, suggests Futuretrack study

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The amount of learning that goes on outside the classroom makes quantifying what students have learned very difficult, says Jon Scott 

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Paul Ashwin takes aim at ‘common sense’ arguments about the link between contact hours and pedagogic excellence

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Louise Richardson says Asian and US universities are hot on Oxford’s heels while Brexit vote is already affecting the institution’s researchers

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A survey has suggested that a good rating in England’s TEF would make an applicant consider studying at that university