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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?

Redress must be at the heart of future HE regulation

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.

Are UK universities being cast academically adrift?

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.

How should academics respond to the TEF?

How should academics respond to the TEF – constructively in a way that has a chance of influencing the measures that are eventually implemented?

Remember, Remember the TEF of November

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.

Can the TEF survive the arguments made against it?

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.

Proposing a sustainable Teaching Excellence 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.

The rankings problem for TEF

When The Times and Sunday Times university rankings came out last week, those tasked with constructing the Teaching Excellence Framework may have cast a wary eye over the results.