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A message from our Pro Vice-Chancellor Student Experience - TEF

Jun 06, 2018

Dr Sam Grogan
Dr Sam Grogan

Dear Colleagues

Today sees the official announcement of the ‘Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework’ (TEF) Year 3 results and the University has been awarded a bronze rating.

TEF is designed to recognise excellent teaching delivered by UK Higher Education Providers, ensure positive student outcomes and better inform student choice on where to study. Since introduction in 2016, the TEF has encouraged improvements in practice across the higher education sector towards positive outcomes for students.

The University has maintained its bronze rating, reflecting the solid foundations we have worked together to put into place as we continue on our path to silver monitored by our institutional action plan. This plan is on track to take us to silver by TEF Year 4 (2019/20).  Recent data and league table results confirm this trajectory -  Just last week we climbed 11 places in the Guardian League table, reflecting strong improvements in five of the eight measures assessed by The Guardian, including a 32-place rise in student employability. We also celebrated a 19-place climb in the Complete University Guide earlier this year, further evidence that our strategic objectives and delivery are having an impact on our student experience. We anticipate that the forthcoming Destinations of Leavers from HE (DLHE) and National Student Survey (NSS) data will also show the results of our efforts.

I’d like to thank all colleagues for the effort and work which, day in day out, goes into the student experience. By maintaining our efforts in this area and by focusing on fostering the success of our students, I know this will be deservedly reflected through TEF Silver recognition in the future.

In this spirit we need to remain committed to continuous improvement, and to ensuring each student has every opportunity to achieve positive outcomes that prepare them for life.  Our ICZ strategy unites colleagues through shared knowledge, learning and innovation and we continue to invest in resources to ensure the best possible experience for our students.

We are proud of our institution and the community of people who make it all possible. We are going places, and our students are too.

For more information on how TEF works please see the FAQ here.

Kind regards,

Dr Sam Grogan,
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)