About the TEF

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a government scheme designed to assess the quality of teaching in all higher education institutions. All universities will be granted a gold, silver, or bronze level for teaching quality across the institution.

The main aims of the TEF are:
  • to provide clear information to students about where the best provision can be found
  • to encourage providers to improve their teaching quality
  • to help the UK drive productivity by ensuring a better match of graduate skills with the needs of employers and the economy
  • to ensure better outcomes for all students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds
Where are we with the TEF?

The TEF is currently in its third year of development. In Year 2, Keele received a Gold award. The university is not expecting to take part in TEF year 3, or the subject level pilot.

TEF Year 2 assesses teaching quality, learning environment, and student outcomes. The university provided a 15 page document to evaluate and promote the standard of teaching at Keele. This report was reviewed by a pool of assessors and a panel of experts to determine our rating. The University recieved a gold rating, highlighting our ongoing commitment to teaching excellence and enhanced student experience

How can you contribute?

The university is not intending to submit to this year of the TEF, but we will continue to horizon scan for any new information on the TEF and use our current results to further improve teaching and student experience at Keele. To have your say, go to the Get Involved pages to find out about upcoming events or Contact Us to get more information.

More Information

For more detailed information on the TEF, please refer to the following websites:

HEFCE: www.hefce.ac.uk/lt/tef

Government: TEF consultation document, YEAR 2