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University Alliance responds to the Teaching Excellence Framework awards

Commenting on the announcement of TEF awards, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:

Alliance universities have a long and proud tradition of excellence in teaching. By designing our courses with employers, we keep our teaching relevant. By constantly innovating, we keep it fit for a fast-changing world. By supporting students to develop their social capital on campus and beyond, we give them the resilience to succeed.

“We welcome the Government’s intention to use the TEF to champion success and drive improvement. As it continues to evolve, it is important that the TEF reflects the different models of teaching excellence which exist across UK higher education and supports innovation. Whether or not it becomes a useful tool for applicants, it will certainly make universities think hard about how they can improve their offer to students.

“Our members’ emphasis on teaching excellence has been well recognised in today’s awards, with five Alliance institutions achieving gold. However, we don’t want to rest on our laurels – that’s why we have launched the Teaching Excellence Alliance, a programme which will seek to develop, define and champion our distinct model of teaching excellence, sharing best practice and supporting staff development. Our aspiration is that this will make a valuable contribution for the sector as a whole, helping us better understand what makes teaching excellent.”

Notes to editors:

  1. Article on the Teaching Excellence Alliance for Wonkhe by Dr Sam Grogan: click here
  2. The five Alliance institutions receiving Gold ratings are: Coventry, Huddersfield, Lincoln, Nottingham Trent and Portsmouth
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