Head of Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF)


6th December 2020

Improving the quality of teaching, learning and student outcomes in higher education.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the independent regulator of higher education in England, whose aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. It does so by regulating the higher education providers on its register to make sure they are delivering positive outcomes for their students and value for money; where they are not, it takes action.

The Head of TEF will lead the development and delivery of the future Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) scheme, taking forward the outcomes of the forthcoming Independent Review of the TEF conducted by Dame Shirley Pearce. The TEF is a high profile initiative intended to have widespread influence across the sector to improve the quality of teaching, learning and student outcomes. The successful candidate will be strategic and creative in managing both policy development and operational delivery of the TEF. The postholder will lead a team within the OfS, and work closely with other teams to ensure TEF forms a coherent part of the OfS`s overall approach to regulating quality, and reinforces our work to promote equality of opportunity in higher education. The role involves extensive engagement with the higher education sector, students and agencies across the UK to deliver a robust, credible and impactful initiative.

Candidates will bring expert knowledge of policy, practice and assessment of quality in higher education, along with significant experience of policy development and operational delivery. They will be able to develop policy and processes with creativity and with sensitivity to a complex and changing environment. Candidates will be strong leaders with the ability to manage teams and collaborate with and influence others, and to oversee delivery of a large scale programme to tight timescales. Strategically minded and personally resilient, candidates will be adept at communicating effectively and building strong relationships inside and outside the organisation.

The OfS embraces and promotes equality, diversity and inclusion. We strive to reflect this in our workforce so that we represent the diversity of those whose interests we promote. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

We welcome flexible working, and as an organisation which exists to support education and lifelong learning, we are firmly committed to providing learning and development opportunities for all employees.

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Interviewing date: 17th December 2020