The predicted results of the UK teaching excellence framework are in

Mock TEF results give a picture of which UK universities might be judged best for teaching under new government initiative
June 23 2016

Predictions for the results of the UK government’s teaching excellence framework (TEF), calculated and published by the Times Higher Education today, reveal a top 10 surprisingly absent of Russell Group universities.

The TEF will see the UK government monitor and assess the quality of teaching in the nation's universities, making the information available to all in a bid to drive up the quality of education. The results will no doubt be of interest to anyone considering studying in the UK.

Universities in England's Midlands triumph – the top three institutions are based in Loughborough, Birmingham and Leicester – while not one London university appears in the top 30 per cent of the 120 ranked institutions.

The ranking is calculated from “relative scores” representing how far above or below expectations the universities perform on three metrics: graduate employment, student satisfaction and degree completion rates.


Mock TEF performance breakdown:

Best UK universities for graduate employment
Best UK universities for student satisfaction
Best UK universities for completion rates


Prestigious universities such as Oxford and Cambridge perform much better according to absolute scores rather than those benchmarked for factors such as the proportion of students studying different subjects, entry requirements, students’ age, ethnicity and gender.

Even using these benchmarked scores, both Oxford and Cambridge are counted among the top 30 per cent – the threshold suggested by the government for an “outstanding” classification.

Out of the 36 universities predicted to fall in the “outstanding” band (see below), all but one met or exceeded expectations for student satisfaction. However, four universities underperform on the graduate destinations criteria. Information on universities in the other bandings - "excellent" and "meets expectations" - can be found here, along with the full methodology.

Overall, the TEF predictions go some way to showing the disparity between universities that achieve high student satisfaction, completion rates and graduate outcomes due, in part, to selecting students who are likely to succeed based on contextual factors or their specific degree programme, and those that add value to students’ experience through excellent teaching.

While this mock TEF is based on the government’s own metrics, the methodology was limited by publicly available benchmarks, and doesn’t take into account other supporting evidence that universities will be able to submit themselves.

TEF predictions: the 36 'outstanding' universities

Benchmarked TEF Rank

Absolute TEF Rank

University

Benchmarked TEF Score

1

5

Loughborough University

100.0

2

13

Aston University

97.9

3

45

De Montfort University

93.9

4

15

Swansea University

93.7

5

=22

University of Kent

91.8

6

34

Coventry University

91.4

7

=10

Keele University

89.3

8

12

University of Surrey

86.3

9

=2

University of Bath

84.7

10

7

Lancaster University

84.1

11

=42

University of Winchester

82.7

12

1

University of Cambridge

82.5

13

=37

University of Essex

81.9

14

54

University of Lincoln

80.6

15

20

University of Sussex

79.3

16

6

Durham University

79.1

17

53

University of Huddersfield

79.0

18

=10

University of Birmingham

78.7

19

50

University of Portsmouth

76.6

=20

62

University of Chichester

76.2

=20

33

Oxford Brookes University

76.2

22

8

University of Exeter

76.0

23

19

University of East Anglia

74.7

24

9

Newcastle University

73.7

25

14

University of Leeds

73.0

26

56

Nottingham Trent University

72.2

27

16

Cardiff University

71.0

28

4

University of Oxford

70.3

29

57

Bishop Grosseteste University

70.2

30

72

Leeds Trinity University

68.3

31

59

University of Bradford

68.0

32

49

Bangor University

67.5

33

51

Northumbria University

67.2

34

55

York St John University

67.0

35

31

University of Reading

66.8

36

=22

Queen's University Belfast

65.9

The results in full

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