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What sort of TEF do students really want?

A consortium of students’ unions has seriously investigated what students want from TEF, with some interesting results that could have wide consequences for the debate.

Little white lies?

Question 25 of the National Student Survey deals with the way institutions respond to student feedback. Maybe it is time to consider adding it to the TEF? – suggests Zak Liddell

Below standard: grade inflation in TEF

TEF will now include a new and controversial metric for “grade inflation”. But it may turn out to be the wrong answer to the right problem, argues Ant Bagshaw.

Halving the NSS diminishes the student voice in TEF

‘Halving the NSS weighting’ may have been a statement designed to pacify objections from within the sector, but underestimating the student voice can ultimately come at a cost. Gwen van der Velden highlights a major change in the TEF.

Learning TEF lessons

The release of the TEF lessons learned report, highlighted in Jo Johnson’s UUK speech, means more changes to everyone’s favourite measure of teaching excellence. Catherine Boyd and David Kernohan take a look at the implications.

The value of the TEF

Universities UK’s review of the TEF was based on a survey conducted before the results were released, and it makes for a fascinating snapshot of the views of VC before the agony or ecstasy of the awards themselves. Andrew McRae discusses the results.

Data-riffic! What does data tell us about UK higher education in 2017?

More data is available about universities than ever before, and new software means it can be visualised to tell new stories about our sector. David Morris looks at data on TEF, REF, widening participation, university finances, and student numbers.

Visions for the AlterniTEF – can we do TEF better?

Four of our wisest wonks – Smita Jamdar, Vicky Gunn, Johnny Rich, and Ant Bagshaw – answered the call to outline their AlterniTEF. Is there a better way to do teaching and student experience accountability for universities than TEF?

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 case for intersectionality in TEF

The split metrics in TEF allow us to see potential issues with diverse groups, but do they go far enough? Catherine Boyd and David Kernohan consider how intersectional groups could be represented.

Roll up, roll up for subject level TEF

As the government announce subject level TEF pilots, Catherine Boyd digs into the specification to find out what this new frontier for TEF is all about. Apply, if you dare.

What could TEF mean for international recruitment?

Some in the sector have claimed that TEF could harm UK universities’ international reputations. Nona Buckley-Irvine looks at those institutions which have the most to gain and lose from their outcomes.

TEF results – making sense of the London effect

London’s non-specialist universities have struggled in TEF, and could have done even worse were it not for the panel’s discretion. Nona Buckley-Irvine asks why students seem to have a much poorer experience in the capital.