Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Hertfordshire delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
Recognition of excellence
The University of Hertfordshire has been awarded silver in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ranking. This award was made in June 2017 and is valid for up to three years.
The TEF silver award was presented to the University in recognition of outstanding outcomes for its students from all backgrounds.
The Panel considered the University submission in relation to the TEF criteria and its judgement reflects, in particular, evidence of:
- support for all students, enabling them to achieve excellent outcomes.
- initiatives that enable progression to highly skilled employment or further study for students from a range of backgrounds.
- substantial investment to provide a high quality physical and digital learning environment.
- institutional commitment to widening participation and success for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- staff development embedded within the culture and practice of the institution.
What is TEF?
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) measures the quality of teaching at Universities and Colleges.
The framework was introduced by the Government in 2016 to help students identify excellent teaching within Higher Education institutions.
TEF decisions are made by an expert panel against a set of criteria covering teaching quality, learning environment, as well as student outcomes. It looks at a range of factors, including the National Student Survey results.
There are three levels of TEF awards - gold, silver and bronze. The first set of gold, silver and bronze awards will be revealed during 2017.
More about TEF
- Read the TEF policy paper from the Department of Education
- Visit the HEFCE website to read the latest about TEF
I am delighted that the University has been awarded silver in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
I am proud that this award acknowledges how well our graduates are equipped for the world of work and recognises that 96.2% of them are in employment or further study six months after graduating.
The diversity of our students and graduates and our commitment to providing opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds is also something to be extremely delighted with.
The quality of our teaching has been acknowledged by the professional accreditation of the majority of our courses and our latest National Student Survey responses show that, in the last three years, student satisfaction with assessment and feedback from their tutors has significantly improved.
Our TEF silver award is further evidence of the dedication of staff at the University and we will continue to work hard to ensure our teaching standards remain high.
Professor Quintin McKellar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Hertfordshire