Recognising excellence in teaching and learning across UK Higher Education providers; the Government’s newly introduced Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) illustrates the teaching quality and learning outcomes across a diverse range of providers.

The Teaching Excellence Framework - the first scheme of its kind - recognises excellent teaching and learning across the UK’s world-class higher education sector. In order to be considered for a TEF rating, higher education providers have to meet demanding national quality requirements. 

295 institutions submitted for TEF assessment, including large universities, Further Education colleges offering Higher Education and alternative providers. Each provider was rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, or received a Provisional award where there was not enough data for a full assessment.

The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework provide a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education. The results and the underlying evidence will help students thinking about which university or college to apply to for autumn 2018, and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK.

The TEF awards are decided by an independent panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives. Universities and colleges are assessed against a set of measures which use national data and evidence submitted by the university or college. 

TyneMet College is delighted to announce its success in achieving a Bronze Award. This recognises that the College delivers teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education. The metrics measure student satisfaction, retention, and progression to employment.

The TEF measures teaching excellence in three key areas: teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. In this way, it gives a holistic measure of students’ engagement with their studies, the effectiveness of resources and activities as well as the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals.

This excellent result for teaching and learning sits alongside the College’s sustained success in a number of student experience surveys, such as the National Student Survey in which TyneMet has consistently ranked highly against institutions nationally.

Professor Chris Husbands, Chair of the TEF assessment panel and Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said:

“The Teaching Excellence Framework results offer – for the first time – an overview of teaching excellence across the entire UK higher education sector. It has been a privilege to chair this ambitious and ground-breaking assessment.

“Alongside the headline results, we are publishing all the data and submissions, and statements of the assessors’ findings. Taken together, this is a set of materials on teaching excellence which goes further than has been possible for any other university system in the world.”

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said:

“Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential. The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.”

Audrey Kingham, Deputy Principal: Curriculum and Business Development at TyneMet College, said: “We are delighted that the efforts of our staff and fantastic learning outcomes and progression of our students has been recognised with this bronze award.

“TyneMet is committed to providing high-quality, engaging teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips local people with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential and progress to an exciting career or further study.”

The TEF results and the evidence used in the assessment can be found at The TEF awards will also be published on Unistats and the UCAS website, alongside other information, to help inform prospective students’ choices.