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TEF in year two: what it means for students and SUs

Friday 04-11-2016 - 11:01

This week saw HEFCE launch their full guidance for institutions wishing to apply to take part in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). We've put together a summary of this release, which looks at how your students and students’ union could be affected.

The guidance sets out the full process for applying to the TEF, the criteria and metrics used, and the assessment process.

Alongside the guidance is a list of the panel members and assessors which will make the decisions about each institution’s TEF award. The list includes a number of current or recent students and student officers. Every application will be assessed by at least one student.

The guidance shows that the government have made some concessions on student engagement in the written submission of the TEF application. This came as a result of pressure from NUS and students’ unions in response to the TEF Year Two Technical Consultation.

While it is important to see the encouragement of student engagement, including the involvement of students’ unions, there remain major issues with the TEF in its flawed metrics and its link to tuition fees.

NUS will continue to lead students to challenge the TEF and the wider reforms which threaten to leave students paying even higher fees and facing the dangers of new untested providers being set up to make profits out of education.

You can read our summary of the guidance here and access campaigning materials on our Quality Doesn’t Grow on Fees hub.

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