Rated Gold by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) 


At Aston, we have one key goal for our students: to help each one achieve their full potential, no matter their circumstance or background.  

Nothing at Aston happens by chance. We take great care in designing our courses, working with teaching experts, businesses and industry to ensure that what is taught, and the way we teach it, is relevant and engaging. 

That’s why we’re incredibly proud that we have been rated Gold - the highest level - by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). It shows that we’re on the right path, and that we’re delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students.  

What exactly is the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework, and why should I care? 

Choosing the right university is a difficult choice for prospective students, and the number of rankings to sift through is overwhelming.  

TEF is a UK government initiative that consistently measures excellence in the things prospective students care about: teaching quality, learning environment, and educational and professional outcomes achieved by students. 

TEF also encourages universities to work closely with their current students on ways to improve through student feedback. 

Participation in TEF is voluntary. Out of 288 UK providers of higher education who have taken part in TEF, only 77 (including Aston University) are rated Gold, the highest accolade. 

Why is Aston University rated Gold? 

Students from all backgrounds achieve ‘consistently outstanding outcomes’ at Aston, with very high proportions of students going into highly skilled employment or further study.  

We receive outstanding levels of student satisfaction with teaching, assessment and feedback, and academic support for a diverse body of students.  

The TEF panel were particularly impressed by: 

  • Outstanding physical and digital resources. 
  • An institutional culture throughout Aston University that facilitates, recognises and rewards high-quality teaching. 
  • Outstanding personalised provision including personal tutoring sessions and trained student peer mentors. 
  • Course design and assessment practices that stretch and challenge students, resulting in the highest levels of engagement. 
  • Strategic involvement of professional bodies and employers to increase students’ employability. 
  • Outstanding teaching and learning practices for students from all backgrounds, with highly valued specialist disability and non-continuation staff strategically supporting students from non-traditional or first-to-university backgrounds. 

You can read our submission and the TEF panel’s report in full on the Office for Students website.