Westminster Higher Education Forum

We are continuing to organise full-scale virtual conferences which retain all the features of physical seminars, including full programmes, presentations with slides, panel discussions and live delegate questions and comments sessions, person-to-person and group networking, and a permanent record provided to all delegates afterwards. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time, so there are plenty of opportunities to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are.
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Next steps for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework

Morning, Wednesday, 12th January 2022

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the future of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and the measurement of teaching excellence in higher education.

It comes as the Office for Students (OfS) develops proposals for consultation on the future TEF framework, expected this autumn, as well as the return of students following the pandemic - alongside questions around the teaching and learning experience of remote and blended provision and continued calls for a complete resumption of in-person studies.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Graeme Rosenberg, TEF Manager, Office for Students.

Attendees will have the opportunity to look at:

  • latest thinking on the development of the new TEF framework
  • OfS proposals for what the future TEF will look like and priorities for its implementation
  • the future role of the TEF in improvement
  • how to enhance its utility for providers and students


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Aston University; Norwich University of the Arts; and University of Edinburgh.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members both houses of Parliament, assembly members, senior government officials and regulators involved in higher education, university and college leaders, higher education professionals, student representatives, careers advisers, businesses and their advisors, representatives of citizen and interest groups, academics, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials are made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Graeme Rosenberg

TEF Manager, Office for Students


Lord Storey

Education Spokesperson, Liberal Democrats, House of Lords

Lord Lucas


Professor Catherine O’Connor

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education and Experience, Leeds Trinity University

Steve Taylor

Dean of Higher Education, Warwickshire College Group; and Member, TEF Advisory Group, OfS

Suellen White

Registrar, Quality, Policy and Regulation, The London Institute of Banking & Finance

Professor Thom Brooks

Dean and Professor of Law and Government, Durham Law School, Durham University

Professor Janice Kay

Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter; and former Chair, TEF Subject Pilots, OfS

Dr Helena Lim

Head of Opportunities, Evasys

Professor Graham Galbraith

Vice-Chancellor, University of Portsmouth

Afua Acheampong

Diversity Governance Coordinator, Nottingham Trent University; and former Vice-President, Education, Nottingham Trent Students’ Union