Govt. response to TEF Technical Consultation: all you need to know

Friday 30-09-2016 - 16:14

The government has responded to the Teaching Excellence Framework Technical Consultation. Here’s our summary of the key changes…

We’ve put together a summary of the key changes and decisions made by the government in response to their technical consultation on proposals for year two of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

In year one, the TEF is limited to awarding institutions on the basis of their QAA Higher Education Review, while year two will see the introduction of the main characteristics of TEF; a set of core metrics, institutional submissions and TEF panels.

This technical consultation asked specifically for views on how the TEF should be designed and implemented from year two onwards.

NUS responded to the consultation along with 35 students unions and three individual students, representing around 12.5 per cent of the total responses to the consultation.

Three unions were specifically quoted in the government’s response while NUS’ own evidence was quoted twice in the document, on student voice in TEF and on the limiting of the number of years for TEF award to new providers.

NUS Vice President (Higher Education) Sorana Vieru said: "I'd like to thank students' unions for continued engagement with the HE reforms, as it is clear that the responses of NUS and students’ unions have had a clear impact, leading to several important changes to the government’s plans.

"However, it is dissapointing to see the government trying to destroy the idea that education is a public good and attempt to divide the sector further by labelling universities with medals based on measures that have nothing to do with teaching quality.

"We remain opposed to the government's arguments on driving up teaching standards by entrenching marketisation and rising tuition fees, and will continue our campaigning on securing a higher education system that works for students and universities."

You can download the summary via NUS Connect here.




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