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The Ƶ achieves the highest possible rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023.

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We are delighted that the Ƶ has been awarded the highest overall rating of ‘Gold’ in the  (TEF) 2023.

The Ƶ’s ‘Gold’ rating confirms the sustained and consistent nature of our outstanding offer to students and ranks us amongst the top universities in the UK for teaching. Out of 227 Higher Education Institutions, 51 received a ‘Gold’ rating, 125 received ‘Silver’, 48 received ‘Bronze’ and 3 ‘Requiring Improvement’.

What is the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to give students a clear and independent indication of quality in the areas that they care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

The TEF does this by assessing and rating universities and colleges for excellence above a set of minimum requirements for quality and standards.

Universities and colleges that take part in the TEF receive an overall rating as well as two underpinning ratings – one for the student experience and one for student outcomes.

What do the ratings mean?

The ratings reflect the extent to which a university delivers an excellent experience and outcomes for its mix of undergraduate students and across the range of its undergraduate courses and subjects.

We are delighted to announce the outcome of the Ƶ’s TEF 2023 submission: The TEF panel has awarded us a ‘Gold’ rating overall.

Gold is the highest possible rating. This means that the Ƶ has demonstrated the highest-quality teaching standards and that our student experience and outcomes are typically outstanding.

Additionally, the panel considered the aspect ratings to be as follows – Student Experience: ‘Gold’ (i.e. consistently outstanding) and Student Outcomes: ‘Silver’ (high quality, regularly exceeding the baseline quality expected).

How is the TEF calculated?

An independent group of academics, students and employers assess universities. This assessment is based on core metrics and a submission from each university. Students are also able to submit their views on their educational experience at their institutions.

The results of the TEF will be valid for four years until August 2027.

Summary of our TEF ‘Gold’ rating

On the rest of this page we summarise the headline findings from both aspects and the respective features of excellence.

Student Experience (Gold)

SE1: Teaching, assessment and feedback

Rating: Outstanding

(with the panel concluding that we have embedded outstanding teaching, feedback and assessment practices that are highly effective and tailored to supporting the learning, progression and attainment of our students)

SE2: Course content and delivery; student engagement in learning and stretch

Rating: Very high quality

(with the panel noting that the student submission describes teaching as ‘brilliant’, ‘very clear’, ‘helpful’, amongst other comments)

SE3: Research, innovation, scholarship, professional practice and/or employer engagement

Rating: Outstanding

(with the panel concluding that we use research in relevant disciplines, innovation, scholarship, professional practice and/or employer engagement to contribute to an outstanding experience for our students)

SE4: Staff professional development and academic practice

Rating: Very high quality

(with the panel concluding that there is very high-quality support for staff professional development and excellent academic practice is promoted)

SE5: Learning environment and academic support

Rating: Outstanding

(with the panel concluding that we ensure a supporting learning environment and that our students have access to a wide and readily available range of outstanding quality academic support tailored to their needs)

SE6: Learning resources

Rating: Outstanding

(with the panel noting our strength in responding to student comments, the attention to detail at the smallest level and concluding that the physical and virtual learning resources are used effectively to support very high-quality teaching and learning)

SE7: Student engagement in improvement

Rating: Very high quality

(with the panel concluding the we effectively engage with our students, leading to improvements to their experiences and outcomes)

Student Outcomes (Silver)

SO1: Approaches to supporting student success
Rating: Outstanding
(with the panel noting the strong work with future employers and the tailoring to vulnerable demographics and concluding that we deploy and tailor approaches that are highly effective in ensuring that our students succeed in and progress beyond their studies)

SO2: Continuation and completion rates
Rating: a split of very high quality and outstanding

(with the panel concluding that there are outstanding rates of completion and very high rates of continuation)

SO3: Progression rates
Rating: Very high quality
(with the panel concluding that there are very high rates of successful progression for our students and courses)

SO4: Intended educational gains
Rating: Outstanding
(with the panel concluding that we clearly articulate the range of educational gains we intend our students to achieve and why these are highly relevant to our students and their future ambitions)

SO5: Approaches to supporting educational gains
Rating: Outstanding

(with the panel concluding that we have strength in our monitoring and approaches taken; specifically, that our approaches to supporting our students to achieve these gains are evidence-based, highly effective and are tailored to them and their different starting points)

SO6: Evaluation and demonstration of educational gains
Rating: N/A

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