University Centre Hartpury awarded Gold in TEF

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University Centre Hartpury has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2017. The university centre is one of only 59 UK higher education providers to achieve Gold, putting it in the top 20% nationally. It also holds the only Gold TEF award in the whole of Gloucestershire.

Currently in its second year, the results of the TEF provide a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education. Some 295 universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education voluntarily took part in the TEF. Each provider was rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, or received a Provisional award where there was not enough data for a full assessment.

The TEF panel judged that, based on the evidence available, University Centre Hartpury delivers consistently outstanding teaching and learning and outcomes for its students – of the highest quality found in the UK.

The past year has also seen the organisation - that specialises in sport, equine, animal, agriculture and veterinary science education - support 98.6% of its graduates into further study or employment within six months (DLHE 2014/15).

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.

The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

Russell Marchant, Principal at University Centre Hartpury and Hartpury College, said: “This is testament to the quality of our staff. Their passion for their subjects and commitment to the success of our students is commendable and we’re incredibly proud of everyone who’s played a part.”

Rosie Scott-Ward, Vice Principal and Head of Higher Education at University Centre Hartpury, said: “This achievement comes at an exciting time, following the launch of University Centre Hartpury and our application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers. It gives us a solid framework from which to continue developing excellence across our higher education programmes.”

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 material 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.

“The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study.”

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

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About University Centre Hartpury’s Gold TEF award
Based on the evidence available, University Centre Hartpury delivers consistently outstanding teaching and learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK. The university centre was commended for:

  • stretching and challenging its learners, promoting the acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding. These focus on vocational relevance;
  • enabling students to explore, develop and establish their academic and professional interests;
  • providing optimum contact hours, which secures high levels of engagement and commitment to learning and study from students;
  • taking a personalised approach to academic and student support that support retention, attainment and progression;
  • utilising Industry-leading physical and digital resources which are actively and consistently used by students to enhance their learning and progression;
  • engaging with developments that are at the forefront of both subject and pedagogic research, scholarship or practice.

Further Notes about the Teaching Excellence Framework

  • 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. The TEF measures excellence above and beyond this.
  • The full list of ratings for each higher education provider is published at hefce.ac.uk, together with the metrics, statements of findings and the submissions provided in support of the assessments.
  • 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.
  • 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 measure student satisfaction, retention, and progression to employment. The metrics take account of differences in student characteristics, entry qualifications and subjects studied. This allowed the assessors to judge teaching excellence and outcomes for the specific students taught in each university or college.
  • The TEF rating for a given provider is:
  • Gold for delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK
  • Silver for delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education
  • Bronze for delivering teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
  • Providers that meet rigorous national quality requirements but which do not yet have sufficient data to be fully assessed may opt-in for a provisional
  • An award will be valid for up to three years.

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