TEF silver rating for University

22 June 2017

Teaching in Sir Martin Evans Building

Cardiff University has been awarded a silver rating in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

TEF, which is in a trial year for 2017, aims to recognise, reward and improve excellent teaching in higher education.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF panel judged that we deliver high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. A silver classification also means that the University “consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education”.

The TEF panel noted that “students from all backgrounds achieve excellent outcomes” and “very high proportions of students continue with their studies and progress to employment, highly skilled employment or further study”.

Silver award in the Teaching Excellence Framework
A silver classification means that we deliver high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.

The panel highlighted evidence of:

  • Course design and assessment practices which provide scope for high levels of stretch that ensures all students are significantly challenged
  • An institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching through promotion opportunities, staff development and awards schemes
  • The direct engagement of students with developments at the forefront of research, scholarship and practice. Students receive discipline-relevant research training to enrich the learning   experience
  • Excellent personalised support which is tailored to the individual student through personal tutors and which enhances retention and progression for students from all backgrounds.

Professor Amanda Coffey, Cardiff University Pro-Vice Chancellor for Student Experience and Academic Standards, said: “We are pleased that our teaching quality and student experience have been judged to be of good quality, and are keen to learn lessons from participation in TEF to further improve.

“We challenge our students and offer them extensive support to achieve their potential...”

Amanda Coffey

“While participation in TEF was not mandatory for Higher Education Institutions in Wales, we felt it was an important exercise, providing us with the opportunity to recognise our strengths and identifying areas of improvement to the student experience.”

Professor Amanda Coffey, Pro Vice Chancellor, Student Experience and Academic Standards

Some of the strengths detailed in Cardiff University’s TEF submission included supporting teaching excellence, campus investment, global mobility, research-led learning, good retention rates and ensuring our graduates are work-ready.

The TEF assessment focuses on teaching quality, the learning environment, and student outcomes.

Assessments draw on a range of data, including National Student Survey results, graduate employability outcomes, retention rates and widening participation data. Institutions were invited to provide a narrative to support their submission.

TEF submissions are assessed by a review panel including academics, employers and students.

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