East Durham College Peterlee campus with TEF Silver award logo

College Achieves New Silver TEF Award

East Durham College are thrilled and proud to announce they have been awarded the prestigious Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver award by the Higher Education Funding Council.

The new 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.

TEF Silver logo RGB portrait words.jpgUniversities, 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 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.

Mr Graeme Blench, Vice Principal for Quality & Curriculum said: “The College is delighted to have received a Silver TEF rating.

“This is an important indicator of the quality of our students’ experience within our growing higher education provision.

“The demanding assessment and overall judgment is based upon three sources of evidence. Firstly the students’ views on quality of teaching, assessment and feedback, and how much academic support they receive from staff. Secondly dropout rates and finally the destinations of leavers after graduation.”

Other institutions in the region who achieved the silver award included Durham, Sunderland, Northumbria and Teesside universities.

East Durham College’s silver ranking places the college ahead of other northern colleges such as Askham Bryan College, Bishop Burton College, New College Durham, Hull College, Leeds City College, Tyne Metropolitan College, as well as universities like Kingston University, The University of Liverpool, London Metropolitan University and the University of Plymouth who all received a Bronze ranking.

Mr Blench added: “If you compare our college performance to that of New College Durham or Askham Bryan College, you can see that studying at East Durham College guarantees you excellent teaching, a very supportive atmosphere and every opportunity to move into graduate level jobs, with graduate level security and salaries.”

The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework provide a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education.

The results and the underlying evidence will help students thinking about which university or college to apply to for autumn 2018, and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK.

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/lt/tef/

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