Have you wondered what the Teaching Excellence Framework is but been too afraid to ask? Have no fear, Wonkhe’s Ant Bagshaw has provided a comprehensive guide to this complicated and high profile exercise.
TEF is just the latest in a long line of public efforts to improve university teaching, and public anxieties about quality have not changed for many years. We take a look at the litany of initiatives in this space.
The new OfS Chair is famous as a disciple of the Third Way in public services. Shân Wareing makes a plea for the future of HE regulation to adhere to the Fourth Way, a less metrics driven and more inclusive approach.
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?