Westminster Higher Education Forum

Next steps for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework

Morning, Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Central London


This seminar will examine the development of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

Timed as the first full subject-level exercise is rolled out, delegates will have an opportunity to reflect on the final shape of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The details of the TEF are expected to be concluded later this year, following the publication of the recent Independent Review led by Dame Shirley Pearce which looked at:

  • The efficacy of the process and data sets used to determine TEF scores;
  • The appropriateness of the ratings system;
  • The impact of the Framework on the ability of providers to carry out teaching and research activities; and
  • Whether the TEF is in the public interest.

Attendees will assess the final shape of the TEF; discussing any refinements to the Framework’s metrics, including the balance of core and supplementary metrics in addition to changes aimed at boosting the reliability and suitability of the data sets used in the TEF.

We also expect discussion on how far sector concerns around issues including the use of National Student Survey (NSS) scores and Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) data have been addressed by the final Framework design.

Delegates will draw on lessons from the second-year subject pilots, which saw 45 higher education providers trial a refined version of the TEF, with changes from the 2017-18 pilot including the revised assessment model being tested and alterations to metrics.

Further sessions will address priorities for preparing for the roll-out of subject-level TEF, including insights from pilot participants around writing submissions, minimising the burden for teaching academics and making genuine improvements to teaching practices.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Janice Kay

Deputy Chair, TEF Panel; Chair, Subject TEF Panel and Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter

Graeme Rosenberg

TEF Manager, Office for Students


Steve Taylor

Dean of Higher Education, Warwickshire College Group

Dr Sal Jarvis

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education and Student Experience), University of Hertfordshire

Professor Helen Higson

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Aston University