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TEF results – Do the prizes still glitter?

As TEF results are released, Mark Leach looks at the important staging post in the big debate about quality in UK higher education, and what the exercise might hold for the future.

TEF results – the sector spin machine gets whiring

UK universities have become world experts in spinning a good story on a ranking, and TEF is no different. Nona Buckley-Irvine has been digging through the Wonkhe inbox for the sector’s first reaction.

Live: The Incredible Machine – What next for TEF?

Today Wonkhe is hosting our TEF event: ‘The Incredible Machine – what next for TEF?’. It promises to be a fascinating day of debate and discussion on teaching excellence – follow it all here.

The history of efforts to improve university teaching

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.

TEF will check the most complacent and privileged

Some parts of the sector are already trying to explain away their expected TEF results. Jim Dickinson argues that TEF should instead force some areas of the sector to face up to its shortcomings.

Not forgotten yet – what next for TEF?

If you’re getting distracted by the election, don’t forget that TEF results are due less than a week after we go to the polls. Andrew McRae has some predictions for the future of the exercise.

Beyond metrics: An open letter to Sir Michael Barber

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.

Here to stay: the politics behind TEF wonkery

The scuffles over TEF’s methodological merits have a fundamentally political angle. David Morris picks through the recent debates concerning NSS, benchmarking, and medals.

What the TEF is going on in the Lords?

Is the TEF dead? Probably not, but the Lords may be about to force another ministerial compromise on its finer points. David Morris looks at some of the options available.

Three important questions about TEF metrics

Numbers are always contestable, and no more so than with TEF. Jackie Njoroge has three questions for TEF’s designers about refining the metrics.