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Leeds Trinity University awarded silver for teaching excellence

Posted on 22 June 2017

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Leeds Trinity University has received a rating of silver in the Department for Education's Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The framework assesses higher education institutions on the quality of teaching and the outcomes they achieve, taking into account factors such as teaching quality, student satisfaction and graduate employability.

Leeds Trinity University received a silver award for its supportive educational culture, innovative assessment and feedback, excellent use of technology, professional input into its degree courses and high quality support for employability including compulsory professional work placements for all undergraduate students.

Professor Ray Lloyd, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said:

"We are absolutely committed to enhancing and enriching the student learning experience at Leeds Trinity University, and the award today is recognition of our institution consistently exceeding rigorous quality requirements for higher education in the UK.

"As students begin to use the TEF to make decisions about where to study in 2018, our commitment to providing an exceptional student experience – proven by today's results – puts Leeds Trinity in an excellent position moving forward."

The TEF was introduced by the Government, and managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to build evidence about the performance of the UK's world-class higher education sector with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes. 

Universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education voluntarily took part with each provider receiving a rating of gold, silver or bronze.

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive at HEFCE, said:

"Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential. The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.

"The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study."

Leeds Trinity University's submission to the TEF characterised the institution's shared, structured and embedded approach to providing an outstanding educational experience; developed and delivered in partnership with its students, business and industry, and led by research and advanced practice.

In 2015, the University launched a Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy to enhance the learning environment on campus, engage students as active participants in study and develop pedagogic research to aid teaching. The institution has also recently invested £5.7million in an extension to the Andrew Kean Learning Centre with more group study space, flexible teaching rooms and new technology to encourage student-led teaching.

Becky Hammill, a final year Journalism student at Leeds Trinity University, said:

"The lecturers at Leeds Trinity are all experts in their field and use their own experience in industry to make it a truly fantastic learning environment, with their passion for their subject shining through. The work placement alongside the variety of disciplines available to study have made such a difference to my studies and future career."

The TEF complements the existing Research Excellence Framework (REF) which assesses the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.