Despite the introduction of new loans and boost to applications, we are still very much in the dark about the quality of taught postgraduate courses. Ant Bagshaw makes the case for introducing a PGTEF, and considers the barriers to making it a reality.
As the government suffers a major defeat on the link between TEF and fees, we look at what the new amendment means and the likely next moves in the ongoing game of chess over the Higher Education and Research Bill.
TEF still lacks clarity about what it wants to measure and what it is trying to achieve, argues Colette Cherry. Should it move away from being an outcomes focused exercise to a process driven one, or does it simply need a rebrand?
The use of split metrics in the TEF could incentivise universities to do more to support disabled students’ attainment and employment prospects, and perhaps make up some of the way for recent cuts to DSA, argues Robert McLaren.
Chris Husbands’ phone has been ringing off the hook with questions and concerns about the TEF. As Chair of the new exercise, he tries to put to bed some of the more common misunderstandings about the TEF.
Following new forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility, the value of tuition fee rises to universities are forecast to rise, but the predictions can only take us only so far for universities’ complex planning cycle.
The government has responded to the TEF Technical Consultation and set out its plans in more detail about year two of the TEF. Ant Bagshaw gives his first take on everything that’s changed (and everything that hasn’t).