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TEF results – University response

Jun 19, 2019

Dr Sam Grogan
Sam Grogan

Dear Colleagues,

Today (Wednesday 19th June) sees the official announcement of the ‘Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework’ (TEF) results and the University has again been awarded a bronze rating.

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for the significant amounts of work that all staff have undertaken to date. League place gains and NSS successes have been consolidated and maintained - I am delighted that we are first for student satisfaction in Greater Manchester according to NSS data 2018. Our increase in student numbers over the past two years is similarly impressive, putting us as the 5th fastest growing university in the UK.

Whilst I am sure that many of you will initially perceive this TEF rating to be disappointing, I would urge you not to be disheartened and to maintain the momentum that we have built up in the last couple of years. This TEF bronze award is predominately a reflection of known historic scores relating to graduate employment from students who started their studies with us in 2013, rather than a reflection on our more recent performance, which has seen a sharp improvement in employability outcomes.

This being said, we do need to continue to move upwards at pace when looking at our graduate outcomes, as there is still much work to do in ensuring that our students are ready for the demands of working life and that they secure the best graduate roles possible. Our continued curriculum development alongside our industry partners is key to this, as are the partnerships that help our students secure strong work-based placements during their time with us.

Crucially, we need to focus on building on the gains we’ve made to in-year interruption and withdrawal, now at their lowest for some time, and improve our retention and progression rates, ensuring that formative and summative assessment enables success and timely progression. Retention and progression will be our primary focus in quality metrics relating to the student experience in the next academic cycle.

By heading into 2019/20 with a strong focus on enabling an exceptional student experience which leads to positive progression and ongoing graduate success, and by focusing on the key areas above, I am confident that we will see this reflected in future ratings.

If you have further questions regarding TEF, please do get in touch.

Thank you

Sam Grogan - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Experience