Subject-level TEF consultation response

21 May 2018

The Government’s ambition to provide useful information to prospective students on the quality of teaching and learning in universities is the right one.

However, the Russell Group has reservations about the proposed design of the subject-level Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). We believe it risks amplifying the flaws in the methodology at institution-level. This could create a system that is misleading for prospective students.

The pilot exercise has identified significant problems with both models being tested. We recommend that the pilot period be extended to allow alternative models to be considered to make sure that the best information is being provided to prospective students.

We would like to work constructively with the Government to explore different approaches that could be taken in these pilots.

Our full submission is available below.

Subject-level TEF consultation response

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