Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

What is TEF?

A lecturer giving a talkTeaching 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.

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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