University of Leicester Pro-Vice-Chancellor joins team assessing Higher Education teaching quality UK-wide

Posted by ap507 at Sep 15, 2016 12:50 PM |
HEFCE announces panel members for Year Two Teaching Excellence Framework

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 15 September 2016

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The University of Leicester’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience is among the appointments announced by HEFCE to its Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel which includes academics, students, employers and widening participation experts.

The Government is introducing the framework to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching, and has asked HEFCE to implement Year Two of this exercise [Note 1].

The TEF panel will comprise individuals from a range of different organisations. It will be responsible for deciding the assessment outcomes, based on recommendations and advice from a wider pool of academic and student assessors. Over 1,200 applications were received for the roles available.

Professor Jon Scott is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University of Leicester, and his previous roles include Academic Director for the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology, and most recently serving as Academic Registrar and Professor of Bioscience Education.

A National Teaching Fellow and UK Bioscience Teacher of the Year in 2011, he also has a strong background in quality assurance, has been elected to a number of national educational committees and has published extensively on pedagogical research.

Professor Scott said: “The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) represents a major development in higher education and I am very pleased to have been selected as a member of the TEF Panel. This will afford me the opportunity to make a contribution to the finalising of the guidance documentation and the detailed planning of the assessment process as well as having a role in determining the TEF outcomes.

“I hope to be able to be able to make a positive contribution based on my experience of approaches to quality assurance and to enhancing learning and teaching.”

Professor Chris Husbands, Chair of the TEF, said: “At this important time in the evolution of higher education, I’m looking forward to working with this panel to build on the excellent reputation of UK higher education. The panel will bring to bear a range of perspectives and expertise to contribute to the robust and successful implementation of the TEF.”

Commenting on the appointments, Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, HEFCE said: “We are delighted with the calibre of panel members, who we have appointed for their standing with higher education providers and students, and their significant commitment to excellence in learning and teaching.”

Further appointments will be made to the panel to strengthen representation from employers, and also from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, should they take part [Note 2].

The list of appointed assessors will be announced by the end of September. The Department for Education will announce the final specification against which providers are to be assessed later this month, following its technical consultation [Note 3].



  1. The letter from the former Department for Business, Innovation and Skills commissioning HEFCE to run the TEF can be found on HEFCE’s TEF webpage at
  2. This will be confirmed by the Department for Education in the announcement of the final specification.
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