NCUK University Partners achieve TEF Gold in 2023!


Eight NCUK University Partners have recently been awarded the prestigious Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold status in the latest 2023 updates, showcasing their commitment to providing exceptional education and learning experiences. Aston University, Harper Adams University, Kingston University London, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Huddersfield, Lancaster University, the University of Exeter, and Keele University have all achieved this remarkable recognition.*

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The Teaching Excellence Framework is a a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that assesses universities and colleges based on several key criteria. These include teaching quality, learning environment, student satisfaction, and graduate outcomes. The framework aims to provide prospective students with valuable insights into the quality of education they can expect from different institutions.

The TEF Gold rating signifies universities that have consistently demonstrated outstanding teaching quality, learning environment, and educational outcomes for their students. This accomplishment places them among the top institutions in the UK, setting a high benchmark for excellence in higher education.

Universities are evaluated through a rigorous assessment process, which involves analysing data and evidence provided by the institutions themselves. Factors such as student satisfaction surveys, retention rates, employment outcomes, and learning resources are taken into account. Independent experts appointed by the TEF panel review and evaluate the evidence to determine the final rating.

Achieving TEF Gold status is a significant accomplishment that reflects the dedication and expertise of both faculty and staff at these institutions. It highlights their commitment to delivering an exceptional educational experience that prepares students for successful careers and personal growth.

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NCUK University Partners that have attained TEF Gold have solidified their positions as leading academic institutions. This recognition provides assurance and confidence to current and prospective students, assuring them of the exceptional quality of education they will receive. As NCUK University Partners, these institutions offer a wide range of degree programs for students who have successfully completed NCUK qualifications.

We congratulate these eight NCUK University Partners on their outstanding achievement and commitment to providing exceptional education. Their dedication to excellence sets a shining example for other institutions, inspiring them to continuously strive for improvement and innovation in higher education.

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*Information correct as of 28 September 2023 (a number of ratings are ‘pending’ while they are finalised by the TEF panel.)