Staffordshire University 'Proud to be Silver' in the TEF

"We are delighted with our award which reflects both the great achievements of our students and our staff who are whole-heartedly committed to helping students succeed. Silver is confirmation that we regularly exceed national standards."

Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University is celebrating a 'silver' award for its learning and teaching in the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) announced this week.

The Teaching Excellence Framework, introduced by Government to help evidence the performance of the UK higher education sector, draws on national data, and evidence submitted by Universities, to measure excellence in teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

Professor Liz Barnes, Vice-Chancellor at Staffordshire University said: "We are delighted with our award which reflects both the great achievements of our students and our staff who are whole-heartedly committed to helping students succeed. Silver is confirmation that we regularly exceed national standards.

"The award validates our new ambitious Connected University strategy which celebrates our talented people and our innovative and applied learning, ensuring we connect with our wider communities. It sends a message to future students that we will help them achieve their ambitions!"

In addition to high levels of student satisfaction with assessment and feedback, feedback on Staffordshire University’s award recognises

  • University initiatives to develop graduate employability skills and close the regional skills gap,

  • significant investment in facilities and digital learning resources

  • students being given the opportunities to engage in research and other scholarly activity

The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Professor Chris Husbands, Chair of the TEF assessment panel and Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: "Alongside the headline results, we are publishing all the data and submissions, and statements of the assessors’ findings. Taken together, this is a set of material on teaching excellence which goes further than has been possible for any other university system in the world.

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, added: "The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study."

  • The TEF results and the evidence used in the assessment can be found here. The TEF awards will also be published on Unistats and the UCAS website, alongside other information, to help inform prospective students’ choices.

  • The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) complements the existing Research Excellence Framework (REF) with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.

  • The TEF rating for a given provider is:
    Gold for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK
    Silver for delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education
    Bronze for delivering teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

 

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