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NTC Awarded a ‘Silver Rating’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

Homepage Feature — 8th July 2019

Nazarene Theological College is proud to announce that it has been awarded the prestigious Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver award by the Office for Students.

The TEF was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.

Universities and colleges voluntarily took part in the TEF. Each provider was rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, or received a Provisional award where there was not enough data for a full assessment.

The College is delighted to have received a Silver TEF rating. It’s an important indicator of the quality of our students’ experience.

The TEF awards are decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

Dr Peter Rae, NTC Dean, commented: “The College is delighted to have received a Silver TEF rating. It’s an important indicator of the quality of our students’ experience. The demanding assessment and overall judgment is based upon students’ own views on quality of teaching, assessment and feedback, and how much academic support they receive from staff, then linked to dropout rates and to student employment or study destinations after graduation. You can see that studying at NTC offers you excellent teaching, a very supportive atmosphere, and every opportunity to move into graduate level jobs.”

Other institutions in the region who achieved the silver award included The University of Manchester, The University of Chester, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Liverpool. The results and the underlying evidence help students thinking about which university or college to apply to for autumn 2019, and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK.

Professor Chris Husbands, first Chair of the TEF assessment panel and Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: “The Teaching Excellence Framework results offer an overview of teaching excellence across the entire UK higher education sector. It has been a privilege to chair this ambitious and ground-breaking assessment.”

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