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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

(adapted guidance from UCAS)

What is the Teaching Excellence Framework?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is being introduced by the Government to encourage excellent teaching in universities and colleges. It is intended to help students choose where to study, by providing clear information about teaching provision and student outcomes.

This is an associated with the publication of the new White paper ‘Success as a Knowledge Economy’.

You can read the white paper here.

In its first year, the TEF will allow universities and colleges to increase their tuition fees, in line with inflation, if they have passed a baseline quality standard.

When is TEF being introduced?

The changes apply to courses starting from September 2017, and may apply to existing students who started after 1 September 2012. It is up to each university to decide whether or not to change their fees. 

How will TEF be calculated?

In the first year of TEF, universities and colleges will receive a Meets Expectations award, if they pass the relevant quality criteria.  

In future years, universities and colleges could achieve additional levels of TEF. TEF decisions will be made against a set of criteria covering teaching quality, learning environment, as well as student outcomes. It will look at a range of factors, including the National Student Survey results.

How does TEF affect tuition fees?

Universities and colleges with a successful TEF award will be able to increase fees for full-time courses, in line with inflation.

For 2017, this means maximum fees will be £9,250 a year. The Welsh Government has maintained the fee cap of £9,000 for learners studying in Wales.

The changes apply to courses starting from September 2017, and may apply to existing students who started after 1 September 2012. It is up to each university to decide whether or not to change their fees.

Read the UCAS guide to tuition fees and loans here.

Hope and the TEF

TEF year 1: Hope was successful in achieving TEF year 1.

TEF year 2: Hope made an application for TEF year 2. You can read the Hope submission here (please add a link to the document). We will hear the outcome in May 2017.