University Centre Hartpury has today retained its unique position as the only higher education (HE) provider in Gloucestershire to hold a Gold award from the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
It follows the announcement of the TEF’s latest annual awards for HE providers around the UK based on student satisfaction, employment outcomes and the number of students who continue their studies year to year.
Hartpury received its Gold award last year for delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning outcomes for its students.
Principal Russell Marchant said: “Our Gold award is testament to the quality of our staff, their passion for their subjects and their commitment to the success of our students.
“We’re delighted to be the holder of a TEF Gold award and we’re incredibly proud of everyone who’s played a part.”
The results of the TEF provide a picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education.
Each provider is rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, or receives a Provisional award when there is not enough data for a full assessment.
Awards can last for up to three years, but education providers can apply annually.
The 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 are 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.
Last week, Hartpury College, which sits alongside University Centre Hartpury on the same 360-hectare site, was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted following a recent inspection.
The overall effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching, learning and assessment, and the 16-19 study programmes, including A-levels, at Hartpury College all received the highest possible grade from the government’s education watchdog.
Personal development, behaviour and welfare, and outcomes for learners at the specialist sports and land-based college were also rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors.