The TEF

The Teaching Excellence Framework is a government initiative designed to assess the quality of teaching at universities to provide clear information to students about the best institutions.

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NEWS November 2016

#TalkTEFWithJeff sessions and the Green Paper consultation

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NEWS November 2016

At the start of the month at Keele, a 'Green Paper' style questionnaire was sent around faculties. This questionnaire asked staff to provide examples of Keele's excellent teaching quality and the responses will be fed into the TEF submission which is due in January. Whilst this iteration of the TEF is mainly focussed on Institution-wide levels of teaching quality, it is still crucial that we receive as much information as possible from those who work closest with teaching activities.

Students have also been involved in the TEF submission as Jeff Wiltshire, SU education officer has run his #TalkTEFwithJeff sessions. These sessions introduced students to the idea of TEF and provided them with the opportunity to express their opinion about the topic. The awareness campaign included a series of information stalls and focus groups; now finished, the responses from the students will be reviewed, engagement will be investigated and a new course of action will be taken.  The aim of the sessions was to get feedback from those who are most affected by Keele's teaching quality - the students- and to find out what Keele's teaching is really like. The feedback from these sessions will also go into the TEF submission and may have a significant effect on Keele's TEF outcome.

The TEF Steering Group are meeting again on the 28th November to discuss our first draft submission. Here the group will provide feedback and edit the submission before it is released as a ‘white’ paper to staff in December for its second round of consultation.

A copy of the Green Paper, sent out to staff on the 31st October, is available on the Documents section of the TEF webpages


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NEWS October 27th 2016

Fiona Cownie and Jeff Wiltshire to attend HEFCE event

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NEWS October 27th 2016

Our Chair, Fiona Cownie, and Jeff Wiltshire, the SU's Education Officer are to attend a national conference on Learning Gain. The conference is run by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) on the 10th November 2016. The event revolves around the idea of Learning Gain and what it is, where HEFCE attempts to define and quantify it as a measurable metric. This is important as the TEF pays particular focus to Learning Gain and so it is vital that we recieve as much information as possible regarding it, so we can include it correctly in our TEF submission this January.

In other news, the TEF Steering Group held another meeting on the 26th October to further discuss consultation events before the submission. A 'Green Paper' style questionaire will soon be sent around university staff so that they can make their thoughts known about Keele's excellent teaching quality, which will then feed directly into Keele's TEF submission. Students will also get a say, as Jeff Wilshire is holding several TEF consultation events through the Students' Union allowing students to learn more about the TEF and what it means for them. For more information on student events, please contact Jeff directly.


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NEWS October 2016

The Higher Education White Paper: What it means for your institution

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NEWS October 2016

Last week (11th October) the Chair of the TEF steering group, Fiona Cownie, attended a conference in London. This conference was titled ‘The Higher Education White Paper: what it means for you’ and was run by Universities UK. The Higher Education White Paper, ‘Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice’ was released in May 2016 and highlighted many key changes in the Higher Education System, including the creation of a new Office for Students and the implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The focus of the conference was to ‘explore [these] changes and what they mean for your institution’ (UUK, 2016).

The talks given ranged around the TEF and the HE Bill which is currently going through the third committee stage in the house of commons. The talks tried to answer some questions regarding the implementation of these new schemes and allowed time for delegates to ask questions and provide feedback.

Speakers who attended were Chris Hale, the director of policy at UUK; Polly Payne and Stephen Jones from the Department for Education; Sorana Vieru, Vice President for Higher Education from the Nation Union of Students (NUS); Rebecca Endean from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BIES); David Sweeney and Chris Millward from HEFCE; and several university representatives. Over 140 delegates were expected to attend the event, from a range of institutions.

With regards to the TEF, there was talks around the design and the specifications in the TEF year 2 frameworks and how they will be implemented. There was a lot of information regarding the type of evidence a university needs to provide in their submissions and how the TEF will effect teaching and learning practice.

For more information on the conference please visit univeristiesuk.ac.uk

For access to the presentation slides from the whole conference please click here to go to our documents page.


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TEF strikes Gold!

Gold for Keele

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TEF strikes Gold!

Gold for Keele 

Keele University has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), it was announced in June.
 
The results of the TEF provide a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education.
The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.
 
Professor Fiona Cownie, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience at Keele University, commented:
 
“I am absolutely delighted that Keele University has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. It has been a huge team effort, and thanks must go to each and every member of staff, who are all so committed to ensuring the best possible education and experience for our students.
“We are exceptionally proud of our previous achievements in the National Student Survey, and our high levels of student satisfaction and student engagement. This external recognition of our efforts to provide an outstanding learning environment is fantastic.”
 
The TEF panel’s statement of findings for Keele University highlighted that students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes in terms of progression to highly skilled employment or further study. The University’s metrics also indicate exceptionally high levels of student satisfaction with teaching, assessment and feedback, and academic support.
In particular, the TEF panel highlighted that Keele offers substantial employability support, including internships and enterprise schemes, and has an institutional culture of valuing teaching as highly as research.
 
The panel also noted that Keele has made significant investment in physical and digital resources in learning technology and teaching spaces, and offers outstanding levels of student engagement and effective support, with a wealth of opportunities beyond the curriculum, including study abroad and volunteering programmes. 
 
Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice-Chancellor at Keele University, commented:
 
“This outstanding recognition of excellent teaching and first-rate student experience is a significant achievement for the University. We are exceptionally proud of all of our staff, who go above and beyond to ensure that every student who comes to Keele is fully engaged and supported during their time here, and leaves as a highly skilled, employable graduate. This is reflected in exceptional levels of satisfaction in the National Student Survey, as well as admirable employment outcomes for our students, and we genuinely believe that we provide our students with one of the best learning and teaching experiences in the UK.”
 
Out of a total 295 institutions who entered this round of the TEF, 59 institutions have been awarded Gold status - 43 higher education institutions and 16 further education colleges/alternative providers.
 
 The Government has introduced the TEF to recognise and reward excellent teaching in UK higher education providers. The results and the underlying evidence will help students thinking about which university or college to apply to for autumn 2018, and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK. 
 
Adam Mawardi, a final year student, commented on the quality of the teaching that he received throughout his time at Keele:
 
“The teaching at Keele is superb. There is tremendous support from both your lecturers and personal tutors, ranging from one to one meetings to address gaps in your knowledge and develop exam technique, to providing advice on how to progress to a first class honours standard. Further support is offered through digital technology, such as an online Question Time, where students can directly ask lecturers questions they have on the subject content.
Students can also take advantage of further opportunities additional to their course. For instance, through being active in the Law School in the Mooting Competition, and being a research assistant to three different lecturers within the school, I have been offered an exciting opportunity to complete a two week internship as a research assistant in the University of Trento in Italy.”