Our commitment to high quality teaching and its significant impact on our degree classification is illustrated by achieving:
- · TEF Gold (2019) Only one of two institutions successful in achieving movement from Silver within this assessment round. Co-authored submission with students.
- Top 20 nationally for student satisfaction for Teaching Quality (2018 & 2019 & 2020) 
- Top 10 nationally for student satisfaction for Assessment and Feedback (2017 & 2018 & 2019) 
Seven members of staff have been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and in addition to these, seven members of staff have also attained a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence and 64% of tutors have Higher Education Academy (HEA) status. We have appointed our second Director of Learning and Teaching (May 2021) following the successful appointment of the previous role holder as Director of the Staffordshire Centre of Learning and Pedagogic Practice, who is also a Professor of Critical Pedagogy. We have an ambitious Key Performance Indicator (KPI) expecting that 100% of teaching staff will hold a postgraduate teaching qualification or have a fellowship of the HEA by 2022. To that end, we have implemented an accelerated fellowship programme for a further 60 current members of teaching staff this academic session, who are expected to complete their claims in early 2022. For the most impact on learning, we require all new full-time staff to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Professional Education, whilst all staff are encouraged to participate in our on-going opportunities for professional development. Further, the Director of Learning and Teaching is leading the development of an academic Continuous Professional Development framework, in conjunction with the Director of Human Resources and Operational Development. Professional support staff also participate in our development opportunities and fellowship schemes which will form part of the equivalent CPD framework.
The University has developed a range of measures to enhance learning and potential to achieve, including the Quiet Induction, and the Step up to HE Programme. These aim to ease the transition into Higher Education for disadvantaged and underrepresented student groups and secure high levels of commitment to study. This year, we doubled our resource invested in the Step-Up programme, as part of our response to the pandemic.
We have conducted a number of insight sessions with local sixth form colleges in July/August 2021 and produced a report with key recommendations on transition to HE 2021-22. We continue to work closely with these and other feeder colleges to maintain this level of insight, to ensure that our curriculum responds to the learning styles, norms and preferences of our student body.
We are developing the role of Academic Mentor, across the university, focussing on delivering a hyper-personalised student experience. We are piloting the introduction of strengths-based coaching to support students and have trained 19 members of staff across the institution, 15 to the level of accredited strengths practitioners.
We have invested £75M in recent years on infrastructure including our £30M Science Centre, £11.5M on the Cadman Studios, £8.7M on the Digital Kiln, £5M on our Beacon Specialist Learning Building and £5.5M on the Centres of Excellence in Healthcare Education. The approval of a Staffordshire Centre of Learning and Pedagogic Practice (SCoLPP) in February 2020 represents a step change in further promoting and sustaining learning and teaching excellence. SCoLPP has an ambitious aim: to create effective evidence-informed pedagogic practice which connects learning to enhanced social mobility. This will be fulfilled through a programme of investment over the next 3 years, including the state-of-the-art £43M Catalyst Building. This innovative learning facility, accessible to all, is due to open in January 2022. We are now embarking on a new building project, to determine how we will deliver simulation-based education from our Stoke campus.
Staffordshire University London (SUL) recently completed a strategic expansion project with a capital investment of £3.5 million in new teaching and student experience spaces, advanced technologies and a staffing expansion. SUL’s DICE (Digital, Incubation, Collaboration and Enterprise) teaching and learning framework will launch next generation programs as well as new postgraduate enterprise curricula.
 Good University Guide 2020 https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings
 Guardian University League Tables 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2019/jun/07/university-league-tables-2020