The University is taking part in the national trial of the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017, along with the vast majority of other institutions.

This is the government’s new rating system, aiming to give applicants and existing undergraduates clear information on teaching quality, including comparisons with other institutions.

We are preparing our submission for the January 2017 deadline, working with RUSU. The trial results for each university are expected to be published in May 2017.

We will make decisions on entering future TEF exercises from 2018 onwards, following the government’s own detailed evaluation and review by next autumn.

The measures being trialled are based on student satisfaction, retention rates and employment data. The submission will be assessed by expert panels including student and employer representatives.

The University Executive Board agrees with the TEF’s principle but is clear the model being piloted needs significant development before being fully introduced. It is working with other universities, NUS and RUSU on how best to do this.

To find out more about TEF, visit our Q&A page.

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