UoN awarded ‘Silver’ status in Teaching and Excellence Framework


September 28th, 2023

The university has been awarded ‘Silver’ status in the national Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF).

This is a nationally recognised mark of quality for the education offered to current students and applicants to the university.

While the overall rating was silver, the university scored a Gold in the ‘Student Outcomes’ category, and a Silver in the ‘Student Experience’ category, meaning it has Silver status overall.

The nationwide Teaching Excellence Framework was introduced by the government to evaluate the quality of the undergraduate student experience, recognising excellent learning and teaching in universities. TEF awards institutions either a gold, silver or bronze ranking.

The university was praised in particular for:

  • Staff professional development and academic practice
  • Student support that is tailored to the needs of individual students
  • Approaches to supporting student success
  • Continuation and completion rates
  • Progression rates
  • Effective routes for students to gain professional skills

The panel concluded that the evidence is consistent with a best fit rating overall of ‘Silver’, that student experience and student outcomes are typically a combination of very high and outstanding quality.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education and Student Experience Professor Sarah Speight said: “We’re proud to have received a TEF Silver rating and a Gold for Student Outcomes.

“It reflects the creativity and collective effort of our teaching staff and support colleagues across our UK campuses. Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to this institutional award.”

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