University of Leicester rated Silver in the TEF

Posted by rmt22 at Jun 23, 2017 08:51 AM |
The University of Leicester has achieved a rating of Silver in the Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

This rating has come alongside a rise in our league table standing and situates Leicester alongside the majority of UK universities, including many of the Russell Group universities, where there is also a strong emphasis on research excellence.

We are very pleased that there are clear areas of strength that have been identified by the TEF. We remain committed to providing all of our students with an education that will inspire their learning and prepare them for progression to fulfilling careers.

The latest TEF ranking incorporates historic data from Leicester when student satisfaction ranking was much lower than it is today. Since the announcement of our new Strategic Plan in 2015, Leicester is undergoing a massive programme of institutional change which is having a positive impact on our standing and reputation.

However, this does mean that a number of universities, including our near neighbours, have been awarded Gold, highlighting that there are areas we need to work on or, in most cases, continue the progress we have been making in the last few years.

TEF highlights Leicester strengths

The TEF Panel’s report has highlighted some particular strengths, indicating that “students achieve excellent outcomes. There are high levels of retention and progression to employment or further study.” It further states students are satisfied with teaching.

The panel highlights the University’s commitment to:

  • Student engagement with developments at the forefront of research, scholarship and practice, exemplifying an institutional commitment to embed student engagement with current research as a learning outcome for all academic programmes
  • An institutional culture in which value is attributed to teaching, evidenced through promotion criteria which requires Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the HEA for promotion to professor or associate professor
  • Strategic investment in the physical and virtual learning environment and commitment to student demand-led enhancements such as lecture capture.
  • Our National Student Satisfaction (NSS) survey performance has improved and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has also confirmed the quality and standards of our provision, and cited several areas of good practice.

Taking a partnership approach with our students, we will strive to continue to provide a high-quality learning experience for all our students, informed by world-leading research. We challenge our students to aim high and support their aspirations throughout their time at University and beyond, with a strong emphasis on student development leading to enhanced employability: we are the 24th most targeted university by The Times Top 100 Employers in 2017 and our latest leaver employment rate of 95% exceeds benchmark expectations.

You can read the full TEF submission on our new interactive mini-site.

What next?

As expected there are a number of areas where we will have to place our focus. In particular, the TEF Panel highlights retention and progression issues for some student groups as well as issues pertaining to assessment and feedback.

Leicester is one of the most socially inclusive and accessible of the research-intensive universities.  We welcome students from all backgrounds and meet or exceed the Widening Participation benchmarks for recruiting younger students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The TEF feedback identified, however, a lower than benchmark retention of ethnic minority students in terms of their progression rates from year one to year two although the overall completion statistics are strong.

As part of our programme of continuous improvement, we are fundamentally committed to working with our students to establish a student-centred approach and to enhance social mobility. The quality of the learning experience and the success of our students must be our highest priority. We aim to be open to everyone with the talent to succeed in higher education.

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