50 Alternative Providers Opt-in for TEF Year 2 Provisional Award


Following the deadline for applications to Year 2 of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) on 26 January 2017, 50 alternative providers have opted-in for a provisional TEF award with a further 6 applying for a full TEF assessment.

A total of 299 universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education have chosen to participate. Providers with suitable metrics were able to apply for a TEF assessment; providers without suitable metrics could opt-in for a provisional TEF award. The TEF assessment is informed by metrics and a provider submission, suitable metrics are taken from the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

The applications will now be assessed by the TEF assessors and panelists, comprising academics, students, widening participation experts and employers. The full list of panel members can be found here. The outcomes and accompanying information will be published at the end of May 2017.

TEF Chair Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University, said:

“The TEF offers us a real opportunity to focus on the quality of teaching and student outcomes across higher education. I’m delighted that so many institutions have responded to the TEF. As chair of the panel, I’m now looking forward to engaging with the detailed applications from universities and colleges across the United Kingdom.”

HEFCE Chief Executive, Madeleine Atkins, said:

“We are pleased that there has been such a high level of engagement with TEF at this early stage of its development. The high proportion of eligible providers submitting this week builds on the strong demand we received to serve as assessors during the summer. We look forward now to supporting the TEF panel and the academic and student assessors to reach their judgements on the applications we have received”.

HEFCE, working with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, is responsible for implementing the TEF Year 2 according to the specification provided by the Department for Education at www.gov.uk/government/collections/teaching-excellence-framework.

  • Posted by Independent HE
  • On 27th January 2017

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