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.
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.
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.
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?
Following the Green Paper’s proposals to create an Office for Students, Jim Dickinson argues that the sector and the government will need to go much further if they intend to properly protect students, and give them a voice.
On the publication of the Green Paper and the announcement of the TEF, US academic Christopher Newfield offers the UK policy discussion a view from the recent debates in America about learning gain, metrics and quality.
The government’s HE Green Paper published on Friday goes out of its way to tell you that the proposals are student-centred and driven by what students want. But on closer inspection not all is what it seems.
Responding to Anthony Seldon’s latest article on universities for The Times, Tom Bailey takes the VC of the University of Buckingham for failing to understand the recent history of HE and why we’ve arrived at the place in policy that we have.
Martin McQuillan turns to the TEF – the most developed plan of the government’s new plan for higher education – and previews the new way of life for universities which he argues, the sector has brought upon itself.
With the debate about the TEF now truly up and running following the publication of the government’s Green Paper, Emran Mian sets out the some of the stronger and weaker cases against the new framework.
As the Conservative Party conference gets under way and Green Paper expectations rise, much attention is focused on the principles and parameters of a TEF for HE. Stephanie Marshall sets out the HEA view of what that should look like and the risks of not getting it right first time.
Randall Whittaker on social mobility in HE, arguing that without a refocus on inequality, we should give up on achieving upward social mobility, and entirely revise expectations on the role that higher education has to play.
This morning Jo Johnson delivered a speech to the Universities UK Annual Conference at the University of Surrey. In a new format, Mark Leach reads through the speech and gives a textual guide to the policy and politics around Johnson’s big address.