University teaching grades invalid, statistics body says

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2019 by steve

“The Royal Statistical Society has attacked the way in which teaching standards are measured in universities in England – the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – calling it ‘invalid’. Urging the statistics regulator to intervene, the society said it was ‘likely to mislead students who use TEF to inform their university choices’ …” (more)

[Robert Cuffe, BBC News, 6 March]

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‘New elite’ emerges as UK ranking combines TEF and REF

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2018 by steve

“A new league table that attempts to combine the results of the teaching and research excellence frameworks demonstrates that a ‘new elite’ of universities is emerging in UK higher education. That is the claim of two senior university leaders who created the ranking by putting together grade point averages from the 2014 REF, weighted for the number of staff submitted, and the average score across the six metrics underpinning the 2017 TEF …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 15 March]

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Queen’s University Belfast to Join Controversial Teaching Framework

Posted in Teaching on December 20th, 2017 by steve

“Queen’s University Belfast is set to join the UK’s controversial teaching excellence framework, despite strong concerns from staff and students. Queen’s Senate – the university’s governing body – voted to join the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, after a meeting yesterday afternoon …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 20 December]

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The UK’s Cautionary Tale of Teaching Excellence

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on October 18th, 2017 by steve

“Higher education in the UK, and in England in particular, has undergone more than two decades of continuous reform, in its governance, structures, funding and quality assurance mechanisms. Among these reforms has been the imposition of research assessment as a mechanism for distributing research funds, which has acted as a huge and successful incentive to improve the quality of research …” (more)

[Bahram Bekhradnia, University Times, 17 October]

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With Third-Level Awaiting News of Teaching Review, UK Students’ Union Caution Wariness

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Students’ unions in the UK claimed success in recent days after they were able to exclude 12 universities from a national student survey in an attempt to damage the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. The radical action, they say, was successful. Now, if the Irish government does indeed introduce a similar framework, Irish students’ unions will need to decide what their stance will be on a policy that has divided UK higher education …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 12 AUgust]

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Plans to review teaching quality in universities ‘exasperating’

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on August 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College lecturers have criticised plans which they say could result in rankings on teaching quality which place a major emphasis on student satisfaction. The Irish Times reported recently that a review into the quality of higher education is to be carried out by the Government following concerns over the impact of falling investment and rising student numbers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 9 August]

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A TEF for Ireland?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“With the news that the minister is considering the introduction of a UK-style TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework) it is worth considering some of the quality process that currently exist in the third level sector, specifically my university, DCU …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 31 July]

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Ireland Does Not Need a Teaching Framework that has Divided UK Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of Irish universities have spent the last few years preoccupied with the higher education funding crisis. Meanwhile, their UK counterparts have spent the last two years brooding over a similarly prickly development: that of the Teaching Excellence Framework …” (more)

[University Times, 30 July]

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Teaching framework is not the solution to third-level education problems

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on July 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Your article (Concerns over quality of third-level tuition prompts review, Home News, July 25th) reports that Minister for Education Richard Bruton is considering a UK-style Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) as part of a proposed review on standards in higher education. This is both incredible and exasperating …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 27 July]

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Roll up, roll up for subject level TEF

Posted in Teaching on July 20th, 2017 by steve

“The Department for Education is seeking volunteers for the pilot of its TEF subject-level rating. On Thursday, the government published the specification for the trial, which provides our first glimpse at how a subject-level TEF could work if rolled out in future years in line with the plan for the exercise …” (more)

[Catherine Boyd, Wonkhe, 20 July]

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Disrupting institutional entitlement in higher education: the Teaching Excellence Framework

Posted in Teaching on June 27th, 2017 by steve

“Let me first of all declare an interest. This post is going to be about the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in the UK. My university, Robert Gordon University, entered, and was awarded a Gold rating. So you may conclude that this colours my judgement. But let me first go back some ten years to a meeting I attended on university rankings …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 June]

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University rankings: good intentions, image polishing and more bureaucracy

Posted in Teaching on June 24th, 2017 by steve

“Some UK universities will be cheering, some groaning, after the release of rankings under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). My own university received a silver, so we’re shrugging. Despite all these reactions, we don’t know if we can expect any impact on the quality of teaching. What we do know, however, is that it will lead to a large-scale image polishing, the mushrooming of rankings-related bureaucracy, judicious gaming of the new rules, and cynicism amongst professors and lecturers …” (more)

[Andre Spicer, The Conversation, 23 June]

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TEF results – How do REF and TEF results compare?

Posted in Governance and administration on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“My first ever blog for Wonkhe was back in 2014, just after the REF results were released. I compared those results with NSS, to see if they could give us an idea of different institutions’ strategic focuses on research and teaching …” (more)

[David Morris, Wonkhe, 22 June]

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Eight first lessons from the TEF results

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“The Teaching Excellence Framework could have a seismic impact on the reputations of British universities, both for good and for ill. As effectively a government-sponsored evaluation, its Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards could be stuck with institutions for up to three years …” (more)

[David Morris, Wonkhe, 22 June]

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The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework

Posted in Teaching on June 22nd, 2017 by steve

“No exit polls here or counts to follow through the night. Just the final outcomes showing higher education institutions that have been awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards for the quality of their teaching, student experience, and graduate outcomes. Wonkhe is full of analysis of these results and will continue to be so throughout Thursday, with the underlying data released by HEFCE just after midnight …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 22 June]

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Performance management is here to stay, but TEF needs a rethink

Posted in Teaching on June 21st, 2017 by steve

“The post-election regroupement of the government provides a surprising and welcome opportunity to rethink the TEF before it does too much damage, before the shaping of behaviours and unplanned consequences become entrenched …” (more)

[Simon Marginson, Wonkhe, 21 June]

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Why my friend’s dog will never be Professor of Economics at Oxford, and other problems with TEF

Posted in Teaching on January 20th, 2017 by steve

“I am an enthusiastic supporter of the principal drivers of the Teaching Excellence Framework. The importance of teaching isn’t always fully recognised in universities, and good higher education is about the coming together of research and teaching …” (more)

[Colette Cherry, Wonkhe, 20 January]

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The TEF is a statistical wonderland

Posted in Teaching on December 5th, 2016 by steve

UK“It is now accepted sector wisdom that the Teaching Excellence Framework is neither a measure of teaching nor a measure of excellence. The designers know that and don’t want to keep hearing it said …” (more)

[Tony Strike, Wonkhe, 5 December]

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Universities and NUS plan boycott of flagship teaching rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2016 by steve

UK“Top British universities may boycott the government’s new league table for teaching quality, Education Guardian can reveal. The Teaching Excellence Framework, due to be introduced next year, will rank universities as gold, silver or bronze based on what they offer students …” (more)

[Anna Fazackerley, Guardian, 22 November]

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More on teaching-centred rankings

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

UK“The UK is proposing to add a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to the famous, or infamous, Research Excellence Framework (REF). The idea is that universities are to be judged according to their teaching quality which is to be measured by how many students manage to graduate, how satisfied students are with their courses and whether graduates are employed or in postgraduate courses shortly after graduation …” (more)

[University Ranking Watch, 2 November]

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