School of Earth and Environment

University of Leeds awarded Gold in Teaching Excellence Framework

30.06.2017 - 09:08

The University of Leeds has achieved the highest award in the pilot year of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), designed by the Government to assess the quality of teaching in higher education.

Gold means that the independent TEF panel judged that the University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students, of the highest quality found in the UK”.

Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Leeds, said: “Leeds achieves sector-leading student education and an outstanding all-round experience, which has also been recognised by a top five position in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017 and by being named University of the Year in The Times and The Sunday Times.

“We welcome the TEF panel’s focus on the excellent support we offer students from all backgrounds, which resonates with our ambitions to develop independent, critical thinkers who are determined to make their mark on the world. Higher education is dynamic and we will always strive to improve further.

“Above all, this Gold award is a tribute to the hard work, innovation and creativity of our staff and students.” 

The TEF feedback stated: 

  • The provider metrics supplemented by the submission indicate that students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes.
  • There are very high levels of retention and progression to employment and to highly skilled employment or further study. Student satisfaction with teaching is notably above the University’s benchmark. 

Its judgement reflects, in particular, evidence of: 

  • An embedded ethos of the Leeds partnership with students that ensures that students take charge of their experiences with academic and co-curricular opportunities that can enhance their learning while preparing them for the world beyond the University;
  • A strong emphasis led from the most senior levels, placed on education that is inspired by discovery, global and cultural insight, ethics and responsibility, and employability;
  • Students as active contributors to their education through initiatives such as LeedsforLife, which ensures and enables them to become subject professionals with transferable skills;
  • Longstanding strategic interventions to facilitate widening participation for students from all backgrounds and modes of study, such as Access to Leeds, which is one of the largest contextualised schemes in the sector;
  • An embedded culture of reward and recognition that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching including through an annual event to celebrate excellent contributions to education by staff and students;
  • A creative approach to supporting students in their independent learning that typifies an embedded strategic approach to providing outstanding physical and digital resources.