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

Woman watching The Open University on TV while holding child

Pleas by Conservative backbenchers for an intervention to help the OU ignore the fact that they recently made it harder to assist under-pressure institutions, says Pam Tatlow

medical training

Edge Hill vice-chancellor John Cater explains why the new non-Russell Group medical schools are so vital

gold silver bronze TEF rating

Lancaster University's vice-chancellor Mark E. Smith and Nicola Owen argue that a new composite ranking offers a more nuanced view of institutional excellence

Loughborough University hot air balloon

Architects of merged league table say results show how old hierarchies are outdated, but pre-92 institutions still dominate

Old and young people

Academics with higher qualifications or more experience could get higher scores in subject-level teaching excellence framework

UCU picket sign

The reawakening of political activism within academia sparked by the pensions strike will reinvigorate scholarship, says Jana Bacevic

Sam Gyimah

Introducing a ‘consumer-style ratings system’ for degrees has the potential to cause terrible damage to universities and society in general, argues Cathy Shrank

Sam Gyimah

Minister says universities ‘will no longer be able to hide if their teaching quality is not up to the world-class standard that we expect’

People helping each other up a hill

Making arts and humanities degrees cheaper than science courses would be 'cultural heresy' and 'economic barbarism', argues the University of Hertfordshire's vice-chancellor Quintin McKellar

Theresa May

Sheffield Hallam University's vice-chancellor Chris Husbands explains why cutting tuition fees would harm social mobility and why variable fees are also a bad idea

What can you do with a law degree?

A law graduate’s attempt to sue the University of Oxford for £1 million over ‘inadequate teaching’ sheds far more light on how students learn than current TEF metrics, says Gill Evans

Assessing hockey pitch

High-profile bronze award winners hope to improve ratings after changes to methodology of UK’s teaching standards audit

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