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The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is being introduced by the Government to ensure excellent learning and teaching and great student outcomes are at the heart of higher education, and that excellent learning and teaching is recognised and rewarded.

The TEF is being implemented in phases, with assessments of teaching excellence at institutional level being trialled in 2016-17 (TEF2) and assessments at subject level being trialled the following year (TEF3) before full implementation of subject level TEF, planned for 2018-19 (TEF4).   

DMU will take part in TEF2 and has expressed an interest in the subject level assessment trial the following year.

For this academic year, being part of TEF2 means we will submit details of cross-university teaching initiatives and details of how we work with students in pursuit of continued excellence. Quality teaching will be recognised and rewarded, while prospective students will be provided with clear information to help them make informed choices about where to study.

Universities will be assessed against a set of broad criteria covering:

  • Teaching quality
  • Learning environment
  • Student outcomes and learning gain

Assessors will form judgements on institutions by considering a combination of metrics on student satisfaction, graduate outcomes and retention rates along with additional qualitative evidence detailed in our 15-page provider submission.

Award ratings of gold, silver and bronze from TEF2 will be published in early summer 2017, giving students clear information about teaching standards.

Under TEF2, the Government has also announced that universities who achieve gold, silver or bronze will be able to maintain their fees in line with inflation.

Full details about the TEF and how it will operate are included in the white paper.

Teaching excellence at DMU

DMU’s proud reputation for transforming the lives of students from diverse backgrounds is a key element of our strategic plan, which aims to ensure individuals receive the learning and experience they deserve.

As Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard said when we launched that five-year vision in 2015: “Only by ensuring that we have a genuinely interdisciplinary curriculum, a truly inclusive learning environment, and that we provide real flexibility around study, volunteering and placements, will we continue to lead. Strengthened by research relevant to real lives, we will become the definition of an influential, global, 21st-century institution.”

As a university we strive across all faculties to:

• Focus on teaching excellence through diverse approaches to learning, teaching and assessment that enable all students to maximise their potential

• Provide an inclusive and stimulating learning environment that recognises the value of co-creation

• Ensure students develop a broad range of skills for success in academic study, life and employment

• Provide individualised learning and support to students through integrated and accessible services and networks

This drive towards a transformational scholarly community is already bearing fruit.

In a mock teaching assessment exercise, carried out by the Times Higher Education magazine to see how universities might fare under the TEF plan, DMU was placed in the top three universities.

To date, DMU has received 18 National Teaching Fellow awards in recognition of innovative and transformational teaching, while Senior Lecturer Dr Momodou Sallah was named the most innovative teacher in the country at the 2015 Times Higher Education Awards.

The launch of DMU’s Universal Design for Learning, an innovative framework underpinning teaching, learning and assessment, evidences DMU’s commitment to providing an equal learning experience for all. This university-wide initiative was born out of DMU’s Disability Enhancement Project, described as “ground-breaking” by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Student engagement

DMU is dedicated to enhancing the student experience, introducing positive changes as a direct result of feedback in order to help students achieve their goals while at university. Most recently the #loveDMU campaign has been highlighting the enhanced services and support available to them.

In collaboration with the De Montfort Students’ Union, we also employ students to represent their peers in university decisions and issues through the School Rep Coordinator roles.

Graduate outcomes

With an emphasis on employability and many courses professionally accredited, DMU has a strong record of graduate achievement.

DMU graduates’ prospects are well above the national average, with more than 95 per cent of summer 2015 graduates now in work or further study, according to the annual Destination of Leavers in Higher Education report.

In the Times Higher Education mock TEF assessment, DMU was “the exceptional performer” for graduate employability, placed first among all UK universities in this category.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
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