Midlands universities are setting the bar for teaching quality according to a new Government assessment.
More than half the universities in the Midlands received the top Gold rating in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework, and the East Midlands was the best performing region in the country, with five out of its six universities getting gold.
It means an independent panel of higher education experts have judged that the universities deliver consistently outstanding teaching and learning for their students, representing the highest quality to be found in the UK.
All providers of higher education that took part in the TEF were awarded a gold, silver or bronze rating, based on metrics which look at teaching quality, learning environment and graduate outcomes. In order to arrive at a rating, these metrics have been considered alongside other contextual information about each university and its student intake and a written submission from the University.
Only 59 universities, colleges and other providers in the UK received the gold rating, out of 295 which took part.
Professor Edward Peck, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, one of five of the Midlands Enterprise Universities to get gold, said:
“This award of the highest accolade available for university teaching is testament to the commitment and creativity of our staff, students and partners in putting teaching quality and student satisfaction at the forefront of our approach to creating opportunity for all.”
Other Midlands Enterprise Universities to receive gold were: Coventry University, De Montfort University, University of Derby and the University of Lincoln.
Jenny Kenning, Director of Midlands Enterprise Universities, said:
“Our universities should be congratulated for these awards which validate their high quality teaching, and focus on employability and developing entrepreneurship skills that are highly valued by employers. The TEF results are just an indicator of the inspiring work taking place by Midlands Enterprise Universities, with our agenda to drive economic growth in the Midlands, through applied research, skills and innovation.”
The TEF is the first Government-led exercise to evaluate the quality of the undergraduate student experience in universities. It has been introduced to recognise and reward excellent teaching in order to better inform student choices about what and where to study.
Notes to editors:
A full list of results from the Teaching Excellence Framework is available here.
About Midlands Enterprise Universities: Midlands Enterprise Universities is a partnership of seven entrepreneurial universities working together to support the Midlands Engine for Growth. Our ambition is to drive productivity and growth in the Midlands through applied research, skills, innovation and enterprise.
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