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Top universities slip down rankings under new student-focused system

Source iStock     Down to earth London’s universities have fared less well in the TEF Source iStock Down to earth London’s universities have fared less well in the TEF
Kelvin Reese | 23 June, 2017, 04:56

More than a fifth (22%) of the participants in its International Student Survey said they thought a gold rating would be the best way to judge quality at a United Kingdom institution, and 80% of those considering the United Kingdom said they would choose excellent teaching quality over a high-ranking university.

"From high-quality careers advice and guidance to the consistently outstanding outcomes achieved by our students we have been recognised for the quality of support we provide".

"The fact that City College is first in the South West for apprenticeship provision and the only provider of higher education to gain the TEF gold award in the city of Plymouth is something we should all be immensely proud of".

Previously The College of Law, it was granted university status in November 2012.

The University Centre at Wakefield College is celebrating after being given a silver award by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel - introduced by the Government to recognise and reward excellent teaching in higher education.

Of the 295 universities, colleges and alternative providers of education assessed, 59 were rated as gold, 116 silver and 56 bronze, including LSE.

Student satisfaction, retention rate and employment data have been used in the exercise as proxies for the assessment of teaching quality.

The Universities of Oxford, Portsmouth, Kent and Surrey all achieved the highest category for the quality of their teaching and learning.

Andrea Dlaska, deputy vice-chancellor, learning and innovation, at silver-rated Middlesex University, said: "the measures employed and the objective of the exercise require further consideration".

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Prof Prondzynski, who has been a significant force in the drive for excellence, added that the award was evidence of the staff's "exceptional dedication" to their work in the education sector.

Several of the UK's leading universities have received low ratings in a new ranking of degree teaching standards.

"It's a clear message that universities must work harder for a recognised environment of success and that students are looking for more than historic reputation".

"International students will also find it useful to look at the reasons why individual universities were awarded gold", noted University of Portsmouth vice-chancellor Graham Galbraith.

"They want to be taught by committed professionals who care about preparing them for the global workplace".

These results, highlighting the extraordinary strengths of our higher education system, will help students choose which university or college to study at.

"The fear is that students, beyond the United Kingdom in particular, will use these results as the basis for deciding which United Kingdom university to attend, which could damage some institutions".

In response to the rating, Vice Chancellor Mary Stuart said the university is "delighted" by the decision.

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