Leeds Trinity University has received a silver award 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 has received the silver award because of our:
- high-quality course design, informed by professional input, and including an awareness of ethical and societal issues
- supportive educational culture that promotes excellence in learning and teaching
- innovative assessment and feedback practices across the institution that are highly valued by the students
- excellent use of technology to support the progression of students, and the general educational provision
- strong levels of student engagement that indicate personalised learning
- high-quality support mechanisms for employability including professional placements
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."
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 our shared, structured and embedded approach to providing an outstanding educational experience; developed and delivered in partnership with our 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. We have 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.
What is TEF?
The Teaching Excellence Framework was introduced by the Government and managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to recognise and reward 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.
Prospective students can use the TEF's ratings alongside other sources of information when choosing where to study.