Teaching Excellence Framework 2023 results published

Results of the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) have been published.

Teaching Excellence Framework 2023 results published, September 2023

The TEF is a national exercise that aims to assess the quality of higher education teaching excellence and how providers ensure appropriate outcomes for their students in terms of their progression through their courses and the levels of graduate level employment or further study. 

All providers with more than 500 undergraduate students must participate in the TEF to stay registered with the Office for Students (OfS), enabling students to access student finance and the university to receive direct grant funding for teaching and research.   

Each institution receives a TEF award and rating that lasts for four years. Following our submission in January 2023, the University has been awarded a Silver rating overall, with an aspect rating of Silver for student outcomes and Bronze for student experience. 

The TEF panel found “most student experience features to be of very high quality for most groups of students and courses and most student outcomes features to be of very high quality for all the provider’s groups of students, including students from underrepresented groups, and courses.” 

Reflecting on the results, Professor Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Chancellor and President, said: “We have a bold vision to deliver a transformative, research-based educational experience for students through our 10-year strategy, Universal Values, Global Change

“The Teaching Excellence Framework is a timely reminder that allows us to assess where we are on the journey and continue to improve and maintain a relentless focus on educational excellence to ensure our students, today and in the future, develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed and make a positive impact on the world.” 

Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, added: “The TEF rating provides the University with important and useful indicators of where we have work to do in terms of the quality of our student experience and student outcomes. TEF reinforces the need to continually improve and maintain a relentless focus on our students.  

“Work continues to refresh programmes across the University and strengthen our emphasis on timely, informative feedback, better academic support for student learning, and to act on student feedback on their learning experience. Preparations are already under way to map out how the TEF measures may be useful in informing and enhancing this work.”  

You can download a breakdown of our submission for the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework here.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World Rankings 2023 published on 27 September show that the University is ranked at 129 of the 1,799 global institutions included in the rankings, a reduction of one place from our 2022 position of joint 128. The University has moved up two places when comparing performance with other UK universities – to rank at 15 this year from 17 in 2022. The full table of 1,799 institutions is published at THE World Rankings.

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