The Evolution of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF): Delivering Quality and Value for Money in Higher Education

Date:     Wednesday 16th November 2022

Time:     10:00am - 2:40pm

Venue:  ONLINE Live Conference - Check Your System / Device Compatibility

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In 2017, the Government embarked on the most significant reform to higher education in a generation, ushering in a new approach to regulating quality. Central to this approach is the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to drive improvement in teaching, learning and student outcomes at universities and colleges and ensure that every student has access to a high-quality academic experience.

Following the last TEF assessment in 2019, the Office for Students developed a new framework outlining proposals for reforms to the process, culminating in the launch of the Teaching Excellence Framework Consultation in January 2022. The results of the consultation were published in July 2022, introducing key changes including a revised condition of registration for student outcomes (condition B3), expanded student participation and new thresholds for continuation, completion and progression. Additionally, the new submission window has been extended until January 2023 to allow providers sufficient time to develop and deliver submissions that also take into account the new minimum threshold requirements, due to be published in late September 2022.

This Policy Foresight online live conference offers a timely opportunity for key stakeholders from across the higher education landscape to examine the findings of the Teaching Excellence Framework Consultation and the key changes that will impact on provider submissions, including the new minimum threshold requirements. The webinar will explore the key role that the refreshed TEF plays in the wider reform of teaching standards and consider how it will drive up standards, improve retention rates and deliver better outcomes for students. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn best practice from universities and college leaders on how to demonstrate excellence and deliver a successful student-centred submission, overcome implementation challenges and share innovative solutions to enhance teaching quality and explore schemes to improve student experience and enhance employability outcomes in every HE institution.

Why Attend?

  • Live webinar featuring presentations and panel discussions with a wide range of policymakers, experts and higher education leaders
  • Interactive Question Time sessions with opportunities to engage with all speakers
  • Receive a policy update on the outcome of the Office for Students' Consultation on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and the upcoming guidelines for submission including minimum threshold requirements and a revised condition of registration (B3)
  • Explore the new TEF submission and assessment timeline
  • Examine how to utilise TEF results to enhance teaching quality, student experience and outcomes in your institution
  • Learn from higher education leaders on how to prepare a successful TEF submission that demonstrates teaching quality, student experience and outcomes
  • Share ideas with fellow participants from across the Higher Education sector and beyond
  • On Demand – Exclusive access to speaker presentations and post-event resources

  • Resource - The Office for Students: About the TEF

    Resource - Teaching Excellence Framework: Independent Review

    Guidance - 3rd March 2022: Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework

    News - 16th February 2022: Universities Minister Puts Quality at the Heart of Higher Education


    Delegate Online Login


    Introduction by Conference Organiser


    Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks


    Keynote Session:

    Reshaping the Higher Education Landscape – Exploring the Refreshed Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

  • Incentivising excellence – Exploring the key role of the TEF in regulating teaching, learning and student outcomes
  • Exploring the findings and changes following the Office for Students’ TEF Consultation, including the revised condition of registration (B3) on successful student outcomes
  • Understanding the extended timeline for TEF submissions and assessments

  • 10:30am

    Keynote Session: Questions and Discussion


    Panel Session One:

    Destination Success – Demonstrating Teaching Excellence, Quality and Outcomes

  • Understanding your student population characteristics and responding to the student voice
  • Exploring the role of programme leaders to evidence value
  • Creating an evidence base through a strategic approach to monitoring and reviewing quality and outcomes at an institutional level
  • Effectively utilising the narrative submission to highlight teaching excellence, student experience and progression and unique institutional characteristics
  • Putting student experience at the heart of innovation in teaching and learning across all subjects
  • Delivering successful student outcomes – Creating clear progression routes into employment or further study

  • 11:45am

    Panel Session One: Questions and Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Panel Session Two:

    Going for Gold – Tackling Implementation Challenges

  • Prioritising student choice and utilising TEF as an information tool for students
  • Minimising administrative burden – Exploring strategies for streamlining the submission process for providers including small and specialist providers
  • Enhancing student engagement – Developing a workable and efficient plan for student submissions that includes underrepresented students and providers with less formal student unions
  • Effectively managing performance, quality and outcomes data including for smaller providers with complicated datasets
  • Ensuring that TEF process does not negatively impact on the recruitment of disadvantaged students and wider access strategies

  • 1:05pm

    Panel Session Two: Questions and Discussion


    Comfort Break


    Panel Session Three:

    Exploring the Assessment Process and Utilising the TEF to Drive Improvement

  • Understanding the TEF panel’s approach to assessing provider submissions
  • Exploring the process for contesting provisional TEF awarding decisions
  • Incorporating contextual data and TEF assessments into wider institutional improvement strategies
  • Tackling poor provision – Integrating TEF data into annual course reviews to ensure every student receives excellent teaching that equips them with the knowledge, skills and experience to enter employment or further study

  • 2:20pm

    Panel Session Three: Questions and Discussion


    Final Questions and Chair's Summary & Closing Comments


    End of Online Conference

    *Please note the programme and timings are subject to slight alteration without notice

    Office for Students

    Richard Smith, Head of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), Office for Students

    Exeter Uni

    Professor Janice Kay CBE, Chair, TEF Subject Level Pilot; Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Exeter


    Dr Ailsa Crum, Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement & Standards, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)


    Carys Willgoss, Principal Policy Adviser, UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)


    Dr Kate Wicklow, Policy Director, Insight, Access and Student Experience, GuildHE

    University of Surrey

    Professor Osama Khan, Member, Office for Students TEF Advisory Panel; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic, University of Surrey


    James Perkins, Member, TEF Metrics Peer Review Group; Head of Quality Assurance and Enhancement, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

    University of Manchester

    Professor Judy Williams, Associate Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students, University of Manchester

    Lancaster University

    Professor Paul Ashwin, Head of Department of Educational Research and Deputy Director, Centre for Global Higher Education, Lancaster University

    Birmingham City University

    Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Birmingham City University

    University of Greenwich

    Professor Jenny Marie (Chair & Moderator), Head of Academic & Learning Enhancement, University of Greenwich

    • Representatives from all UK Universities & FE Colleges
    • Higher Education Funding Bodies
    • Directors of Compliance
    • Vice-Chancellors & Pro-Vice Chancellors
    • Principals
    • Directors of Curriculum & Quality
    • Quality Assurance Practitioners
    • Registrars & Academic Registrars
    • University & College Administrators
    • Heads of Student Experience
    • International Student Recruitment Officers
    • Heads of Teaching & Learning
    • Heads of Marketing & Comms
    • Heads of Student Services
    • Directors of Student Achievement
    • Heads of Student Engagement
    • Heads of Student Support
    • Associate Deans
    • Associate Professors
    • Faculty and School Heads
    • Heads of Academic Development
    • Student Service Managers
    • Student Advisers & Careers Advisers
    • Equal Opportunities Officers
    • Equality & Diversity Practitioners
    • Learning and Development Advisors
    • Compliance & Audit
    • Student Union Officers & Welfare Bodies
    • Local Authorities
    • Government Departments
    • The Voluntary Sector
    • Private Education Providers

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