Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is the government’s new rating system for universities’ teaching quality, proposed in the Higher Education white paper.

Ministers have proposed the TEF to give clearer information to undergraduates about universities with the best teaching provision. It is intended to:

  • ensure excellent teaching for all students by making universities more accountable for their teaching quality
  • incentivise widening access investment by recognising institutions who recruit and retain students from a range of backgrounds
  • provide students with comparable information about the quality of teaching to help them make informed choices
  • give universities an incentive to improve teaching quality by linking it to the ability to raise tuition fees in line with inflation

From 2017/18 onwards, Ministers have proposed allowing institutions which meet the eligibility criteria for a TEF rating in Year One to raise their maximum tuition fee cap in line with inflation.

Bishop Grosseteste University will:

  • take part in the voluntary TEF Year Two trial in 2017
  • make decisions on entering future TEF exercises from 2018 onwards following the government’s own detailed evaluation and lessons learned review of the trial
  • make decisions on undergraduate tuition fee levels from 2018/19 onwards, following a careful assessment of the new system’s strengths and weaknesses

In September 2016, the government published details how the TEF trial will be operated.

The assessment will be based on data relating to student satisfaction, retention rates and employment, informed by additional contextual data and evidence submitted by institutions. Panel assessment will be undertaken by teaching and learning experts; student and employer representatives; and widening participation specialists.


Further information

Download the following to find out more:

Student guide to the Teaching Excellence Framework

BGU TEF Year 2 Submission

Statement of Findings

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