The UK has a world-class higher education sector, with rigorous systems in place to ensure high quality teaching. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a new scheme for recognising excellent teaching, in addition to existing national quality requirements for universities, colleges and other higher education providers. It provides information to help prospective students choose where to study.
The TEF is voluntary and each higher education provider decides whether or not to take part.
Participating higher education providers receive a gold, silver or bronze award reflecting the excellence of their teaching, learning environment and student outcomes. The awards cover undergraduate teaching.
A provider taking part in the TEF is awarded:
The awards are decided by an independent TEF Panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives.
The provider's undergraduate teaching is assessed against ten criteria that cover the areas of teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.
The TEF Panel considers evidence from a set of metrics using national data as well as written evidence submitted by the provider. The metrics cover continuation rates, student satisfaction and employment outcomes. The metrics for each provider are benchmarked to take account of differences in its students’ characteristics, entry qualifications and subjects studied.
View the metrics and provider submissions at the TEF outcomes page on the Office for Students (OFS) website.
A short statement by the TEF Panel explains each provider’s award. Read the statements on the Office for Students (OFS) website.
Universities and colleges in England that have a TEF award can increase their tuition fees in line with inflation, for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students. Tuition fee loans will also increase with inflation.
Universities and colleges in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are able to take part in the TEF, with no direct impact on their tuition fees.