Teaching excellence framework (TEF)

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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

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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

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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

Carrying baggage upstairs

Bundling of subjects under pilot for future phase of teaching excellence framework may ignore diversity and complexity of many disciplines, says engineering body

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Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
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John Tregoning has a plan to help TEF metrics support performance, scientific excellence and personal development

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Andy Westwood gives his verdict on Jo Johnson's big HE speech

Chris Parr takes a look at proposals to introduce TEF ratings in 35 different subject areas

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