• The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS)
• It assesses and rates universities and colleges for excellence above a set of minimum requirements for academic quality and standards
• Aston University has achieved the best possible TEF rating – Gold overall and Gold for both underpinning aspects: Student Experience and Student Outcomes.
Aston University has achieved the best possible Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rating that can be awarded to any higher education provider: A Gold rating overall and Gold rating for both underpinning aspects: Student Experience and Student Outcomes.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national scheme run by the Office for Students which assesses and rates universities and colleges for excellence above a set of minimum requirements for academic quality and standards.
The ratings reflect the extent to which a higher education provider delivers excellence in both student experience and student outcomes across the range of its undergraduate provision for its mix of undergraduate students.
The TEF panel statement notes that “The panel judged there to be compelling evidence in the provider and student submissions and the indicators that the outstanding features apply to all the provider’s groups of students, including students from underrepresented groups;’ further noting ‘there to be evidence of outstanding quality provision across all groups of students and for all courses and subjects.”
Professor Aleks Subic, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, said:
“I am delighted that Aston University has been awarded the highest possible Gold TEF rating for teaching excellence. This independent national review has endorsed our excellence and exceptional commitment to providing all our students with a high-quality student experience and strong student outcomes.
“I thank all our colleagues at Aston University who have contributed to achieving this excellent outcome, including Aston Students’ Union who work tirelessly with us in ensuring the best experience for our students, as well as colleagues who were part of the TEF Steering Group led by our Pro-Vice-Chancellor Education.
“Our commitment to academic excellence and to ensuring our students are ready for work and life are a key pillar of our newly launched Aston 2030 Strategy.”
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About Aston University
For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.
Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.
Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.
Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.
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