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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 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.

Could TEF be good news for disabled students?

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.

The TEF is a statistical wonderland

Should the top prizes in TEF be benchmarked for a university’s entry tariff? Tony Strike argues they should not, and instead that Gold should mean ‘best’, and not just ‘better than expected’.

Busting five common myths about the TEF

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.

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.

The PM has moved the admissions debate forward

UCU’s Angela Nartey says that, in his intervention on universities and race, the Prime Minister is right that there is something “ingrained, institutional and insidious” about universities today

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”.

Employability: metrics and definitions

Responding to Johnny Rich’s piece before Christmas which argued that the coming TEF should measure employability rather than employment outcomes, Doug Cole of the Higher Education Academy argues the risks of this approach becoming the prevailing narrative as policy is formulated.

Level playing fields are better than handicaps

Although the Government has committed to boosting participation in higher education amongst disadvantaged groups, will the policies enacted match the rhetoric?

Why TEF must measure employability not employment

Marking the report of his HEPI pamphlet ‘Employability: Degrees of Value’, Johnny Rich argues that the government is wrong to focus on measures of employment in the TEF and instead should be looking for student employability in the great scramble to measure teaching excellence.

TEF and the importance of university teachers

In all the discussion about the Teaching Excellence Framework, the voice of teachers is getting lost. What can the HE sector learn from schools and their more organic and vibrant community shaping their future?