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Amid recent revelations from the Student Academic Survey 2018 by The Higher Education Policy Institute and Higher Education Academy that 32% of students found their course poor value for money, alongside growing numbers of young people enrolling in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), the need for HEIs to demonstrate a high level of teaching excellence is increasing.
In June 2017, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced to assess the quality of teaching across participating HEIs, with ‘bronze’, ‘silver’ and ‘gold’ rankings awarded to universities. The first assessment results, published in the following month, demonstrated the potential of TEF to dramatically alter university league tables. Many top performing HEIs in other metrics found they had dropped significantly in the new rankings, whilst others, which may have typically occupied a lower ranking, received ‘gold’ awards for their teaching excellence.
Expanding on this, in autumn 2017 the next phase of TEF was implemented, which initiated a subject-level pilot TEF. 50 HEIs participated in the subject level TEF, trialling two alternative measurements of TEF in individual subjects. This is expected to be rolled out across the sector in the 2019/2020 academic year.
The shape of the second year of the STEF pilots was announced on 22 October 2018, in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework: Subject-level pilot guide. This will include the introduction of grade inflation as an additional criteria against which HEIs are assessed. Initially trialled in the next year of STEF, this new criteria is intended to be implemented across all HEIs from Summer 2020, and will have the potential to affect an institution’s gold, silver or bronze rating. In addition to this, two new metrics were announced which would measure student voice and learning resources. This will be implemented in the STEF alongside a trial metric on differential attainment, which would take into consideration students’ awards against their background.
In November 2018, it was announced that an independent review of TEF would be carried out, led by Dame Shirley Pearce. This review would assess the process by which ratings were determined, the sources of statistical information, the names of the ratings and whether they were appropriate and the impact this has on the ability of HEIs to carry out their functions.
The landscape of higher education and how excellence across HEIs is measured is drastically changing. With claims of a ‘new elite’ emerging, following the rollout of TEF and REF, it is imperative that HEIs are prepared to meet the new requirements set out by TEF and can provide and effectively demonstrate high quality teaching, in order to maintain international recognition and enhance student outcomes.
This one day forum will provide delegates with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the implications and implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Attendees will hear from leading policy figures on the future of the TEF, including the move to subject-level TEF. Through a combination of policy and best practice led sessions, delegates will discuss how teaching excellence will be measured in their institution and share best practice on demonstrating teaching excellence, enhancing student outcomes, improving the learning environment and increasing student satisfaction.
Key speakers include:
• Graeme Rosenberg, Head of TEF, Office for Students
• Nona Mcduff OBE, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University and Member, TEF Panel
• Professor Julia Clarke, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Business and Law), Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair, TEF Subject Panel – Business and Law.
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