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Gold for York in Teaching Excellence Framework

Posted on 6 June 2018

The University of York has been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the highest rating possible.

The panel used evidence from a set of measures, including student satisfaction.

The judging panel noted that “students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes.”

The panel also singled out the University’s “research-strong environment that engages and provides the most outstanding levels of stretch for students” and highlighted “excellent careers support and development of employability skills.”

The TEF is a government-backed assessment of undergraduate teaching quality across all higher education institutions in England.

It uses evidence from a set of measures that focus on student satisfaction, retention rates and graduate employment, as well as a written submission from the University.

Independent learners

The University of York’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, said: “The Gold award is testament to the strength and depth of teaching across the University, to the hard work and dedication of our academic and support staff and to the commitment of our students to learning.

“We are delighted that our teaching has been rated as among the best in the country and that the award recognises our commitment to maintaining and improving the student experience.

“That commitment is exemplified by the York Pedagogy – a framework for all our teaching that ensures that every step of a student’s programme is planned to propel them to be the most effective independent learners, fulfil their potential and acquire the knowledge, skills and understanding that employers need.”


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