Keele University student appointed as TEF assessor

Posted on 01 November 2016

Following the Department for Education’s publication of the Year Two Specification of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the full list of assessors has now been confirmed.

Included in the list of assessors is Keele University PhD student Harry Williams, who has been appointed as a student assessor.

Harry graduated from Keele with a first-class honours degree in Biomedical Science in July 2016, and began a PhD in September, looking at the molecular mechanisms by which molecules of the innate immune system recognise and bind to ligands and effect clearance through interaction with components of immune system pathways.

The Government has introduced the TEF to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching. Part of Harry’s role as a student assessor will be to consider areas of teaching and learning quality, including teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.

Following training, Harry’s role as a student assessor will involve assessing TEF applications and agreeing provisional outcomes to be put forward to a full TEF panel.

Harry has expressed his delight at the appointment, commenting:
“I am really quite honoured to be appointed as one of the student assessors, and look forward to working with colleagues and hope that as a student assessor I can both support and contribute to the TEF.”

Higher Education institutions are currently being invited to submit for assessment for the second year of TEF. The assessment will be based on a holistic judgement by the TEF Panel of how each provider’s metrics and submissions demonstrate performance against assessment criteria covering different aspects of learning and teaching. Providers that meet the eligibility requirements and apply for an assessment will be awarded a rating of ‘Bronze’, ‘Silver’ or ‘Gold’.

For the full year two guidance and list of assessors, see,110700,en.html