(updated) About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Articles

Update: on 16 June HEFCE announced they have rescheduled the announcement of the Teaching Excellence Framework results. The full set of awards and other outcomes will be published on Thursday 22 June at 0001.

Previously, on 9 June HEFCE announced that "following the outcome of the general election, the Teaching Excellence Framework results announcement has been postponed".

Ahead of this we're sharing some general information about the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which you may or may not already know, to equip you with information to answer any questions your students may have.

What is the TEF?

The TEF was introduced by the Government to recognise and reward excellent teaching in UK higher education (HE) providers. The purpose is to:

  • Give students clear information about where teaching quality is best and where students have achieved the best outcomes;
  • Encourage a stronger focus on the quality of teaching in higher education.

What does the TEF mean for students?

It gives students an opportunity to work with their university to understand current performance including both highlighting areas of excellent teaching and identifying further improvements.

The TEF will provide future students with clear information about the quality of teaching and where students have achieved the best outcomes, to inform their choices. Each provider with a TEF award will be rated as Gold, Silver or Bronze.

What is the assessment criteria?

The criteria have been designed to recognise diverse higher education provisions and forms of excellence. Providers need to demonstrate excellence in these areas:

  • Teaching quality
  • Learning environment and
  • Student Outcomes and Learning Gain

How does the assessment work?

Each provider is assessed using the following evidence;

  • A set of metrics provided by HEFCE to show: how many students do not continue with their studies after starting; how satisfied students are with key aspects of their teaching and learning; and graduates' employment after they leave. The metrics are benchmarked to take account of different student characteristics and the mix of subjects studied at each provider.
  • A submission which the provider can prepare, to put forward additional evidence of teaching excellence. An optional submission which the provider can prepare can be up to 15 pages.

The metrics and submission will be accompanied by standard data about the context of the provider and the make-up of its students, so that the assessment can take account of the diversity of higher education providers.

What are the outcomes?

Providers will be awarded a rating of Bronze, Silver or Gold and will be published online and included in Unistats and other sources of student information and timed to inform applicant choices for 2018-19 entry.