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TEF – is it here to stay or a flash in the pan?

Whilst it is unlikely to outlive external examining, will TEF last as long as Audit and HE Review? Or will it have as short a half-life as TQA and Subject Review? Paul Greatrix takes us through a history of quality assurance and assessment in universities.

The student voice is missing from the TEF

Despite the White Paper’s championing of student rights and interests, Alex Pool asks why the collective student voice is not being given a place in the TEF.

Who gains from the grumbles?

Steven Jones, lecturer and researcher into higher education responds to an anonymous academic who claims that “My students have paid £9,000 and now they think they own me”.

Redress must be at the heart of future HE regulation

Following the Green Paper’s proposals to create an Office for Students, Jim Dickinson argues that the sector and the government will need to go much further if they intend to properly protect students, and give them a voice.

Are UK universities being cast academically adrift?

On the publication of the Green Paper and the announcement of the TEF, US academic Christopher Newfield offers the UK policy discussion a view from the recent debates in America about learning gain, metrics and quality.

CETLs and the ghosts of teaching excellence past

Taking the long view of government-led teaching excellence initiatives, David Kernohan returns to the Centres for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CETLs), and draws lessons for the sector and the government today.

The TEF’s first assessment

David Kernohan unpacks the TEF – all the detail from the Green Paper’s announcement – what will work, what probably wont and how the new model will shape up.

Metrics and quality: do the numbers add up?

Learning from the Australian quality experience, QAA’s Ian Kimber argues for the need for a contextualised and nuanced approach to the use of metrics, both in terms of identifying potential quality risk and of assessing student outcomes and their link to teaching quality.

Proposing a sustainable Teaching Excellence Framework

As the Conservative Party conference gets under way and Green Paper expectations rise, much attention is focused on the principles and parameters of a TEF for HE. Stephanie Marshall sets out the HEA view of what that should look like and the risks of not getting it right first time.

Parliamentary scrutiny

As the new Business, Innovation and Skills Committee launches an inquiry in Parliament in to the quality assessment system, Hugh Jones takes a look at who the new members of the committee are, and what they’re looking to understand with the newly launched inquiry.

Balancing the future of the quality system

Alongside QAA’s response to the Quality Assessment Review, Ian Kimber, Director of Quality Development, shares thoughts on the ongoing process, and asks questions about how a Teaching Excellence Framework might work.

Academic standards: back to the future

The current discussions around the shape of the TEF could be seen as just another phase in a long running debate about academic standards. It’s worth therefore going back to inform thinking about the future.

Removing the fuzzy edges from the TEF

The Chancellor has this week indicated that the coming TEF will be tied to an increase in fees – which has refocussed attention on the nascent policy and upped its stakes. Gordon McKenzie says its now time for the TEF to have some harder edges.

Back to school with Jo Johnson

Jo Johnson has delivered his much-anticipated speech about higher education ‘Teaching at the heart of the system’. Mark Leach gives his early analysis of the speech and what it all might mean for the coming period of policy.

A tale of two quality systems?

As HEFCE publish their long awaiting consultation on the future of quality assessment, Mark Leach revisits the proposals, the debates around them, the early sector reaction and a muddled relationship with the emerging Teaching Excellence Framework.

HEFCE press the quality reset button

Derfel Owen assesses HEFCE’s proposals for reforming the quality assessment system and gives us early conclusions and implications of five of the key proposals set out by the funding council today.

A critical moment for the quality debate

With debates about the future of quality in UK higher education hotting up behind the scenes, Mark Leach looks at the forthcoming HEFCE consultation and the potential huge implications that it has for the sector and how it is regulated, as well as for the future quality assurance itself.