Teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice
We responded to the Government's Higher Education (HE) Green Paper Fulfilling our potential: teaching excellence, social Mobility and student choice. In our response we welcomed the commitment to recognising and improving the quality of teaching in HE, but expressed concerns about some of the mechanisms, metrics, timescale and unintended consequences of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). We also commented on proposed changes to the structure of HE, research funding and implications for social mobility.
In May, the Government published the White Paper Success as a knowledge economy: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice. This describes in more detail how the TEF will operate in the first four years and is similar to the proposals set out in the Green Paper. In line with many responses submitted to the Green Paper, including our own response, the HE White Paper announced that the TEF will involve phased implementation, piloting, and alignment with existing processes (e.g. PSRB accreditation). The core metrics used in the TEF will remain the same which is of concern to the much of the HE sector.
Success as a knowledge economy: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice
Technical consultation for year two
We responded to a technical consultation on how the second year of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment process will operate. Whilst we were broadly in favour of the suggested criteria, we expressed concerns that the metrics are still not appropriate and that the additional information submitted by the provider should be more structured. We also highlighted that it was crucial to ensure the correct makeup and training of the TEF panel, as well as there being transparency and information sharing throughout the assessment process.
Technical consultation for year two of the TEF
Our response to the technical consultation