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The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s higher education sector. Universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education voluntarily took part. Each provider was rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, or received a Provisional award where there was not enough data for a full assessment. In the assessment, 59 providers were rated gold, 116 were rated silver and 56 were rated bronze. Just one in 5 UK Higher Education providers achieved the gold standard – including Liverpool Hope.

What does the Teaching Excellence Framework measure?

The TEF measures teaching excellence in three key areas:

  • Teaching quality: teaching that stimulates and challenges students, and maximises their engagement with their studies
  • Learning environment: the effectiveness of resources and activities (such as libraries, laboratories and work experience) which support learning and improve retention, progression and attainment.
  • Student outcomes: the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The metrics include student satisfaction, retention, and progression to employment. They take account of differences in student characteristics, entry qualifications and subjects studied.

Why is TEF significant?

The results and 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 Teaching Excellence Framework complements the 2015 Research Excellence Framework, which saw more than a third of research at Liverpool Hope classed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Looking at both together gives a fuller picture of a university’s key strengths.

What does Liverpool Hope’s Gold award mean?

Just 1 in 5 of the UK’s Higher Education providers achieved the Gold standard.

According to the government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Liverpool Hope University is, “of the highest quality found in the UK" and is "delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.”

Liverpool Hope’s Gold rating ranks it alongside institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, Bath and Lancaster.

Liverpool Hope is one of only three universities in the North West, and the only one in Liverpool, to gain the Gold rating.

The panel drew particular attention to Liverpool Hope’s:

  • Outstanding levels of stretch provided through judicious partnerships, good curriculum design and extracurricular activities.
  • Strategic approach to ensuring outstanding outcomes for all students, and recognition of the value of an inclusive community of diverse learners.
  • Effective initiatives in support of employability, which are impacting on progression into highly skilled employment.
  • An embedded culture of valuing excellence in learning and teaching.
  • A clear and effective focus on student retention, with efficient tracking and personal support offered to all students.

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