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Teaching Excellence Framework: Quality, Accessibility and Student Choice

July 11 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Teaching Excellence Framework 11 June Bridgewater Hall

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The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is changing the Higher Education landscape by incentivising excellence in teaching and from September 2017 helping students choose where to study. The framework announced in the government’s higher education white paper “Success as a knowledge economy: Teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice” is now entering its second year. The details of how it will operate have already been published and with it, the first controversies have arisen. Ratings of gold, silver and bronze announced in May 2017 will rank, for the first time, English universities teaching standards. Experts in teaching and learning as well as student representatives, employer representatives and widening participation experts, will be carrying out those ratings by looking at core metrics such as student satisfaction, non-continuation rates and employment data.

The aim of this assessment is to provide students applying for university in autumn 2017 with a clearer picture of where they are likely to receive the best teaching and obtain the best career outcomes. The majority of English universities have opted in to be assessed by the Department for Education’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). However, some of the decisions not to participate, such as Open University’s, highlight the complexity of developing a single assessment system that can fairly represent the full diversity of the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and teaching methods.

Challenges in the design of a comparative assessment framework for something as complex and diverse as the teaching and learning sector, were certain. Some institutions have argued that the core metrics can only be interpreted as vague proxies for teaching excellence and institutions should present their own evidence of their teaching and learning excellence. In addition, student representatives such as the National Union of Students are opposed to higher tuition fees in relation to assessment scores.

At Teaching Excellence Framework: Quality, Accessibility and Student Choice, you will have the opportunity to discover and debate how the year 2 reform will impact on the higher education landscape. Join us for the opportunity to hear from higher education providers, representative bodies and students; and learn from the best practices of institutions leading the rankings on student satisfaction, completion rates and employment opportunities.

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In May 2016, with the intent to boost the global reputation for excellence in the UK higher education sector, the Government launched its White Paper, “Success as a knowledge economy: Teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice”. Among its proposals, the implementation of a Teaching Excellence Framework was aimed at raising teaching standards, provide a greater focus on graduate employability, widen participation in higher education and open up the sector to new high-quality entrants.

Now in its second year, the TEF has the potential to build on the existing high standards of education providers, focusing on those with variable quality to improve. The TEF also aims to drive UK productivity by ensuring a better match of graduate skills. Securing better outcomes for all students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, is one of its priorities.

The recent responses to the Teaching Excellence Framework: year 2 – technical consultation have demonstrated strong overall support. The majority of English Universities have shown their agreement for a new assessment framework as part of government plans to raise teaching standards. However, education providers have also identified a number suggestions as to how the framework could be further improved for it implementation, which have been incorporated into the final specification. For example, there will now be an appeals process, as well as better protections to ensure universities who take large numbers of socially disadvantaged students are assessed fairly.

TEF will assess higher education institutions against criteria including student satisfaction, drop-out rates and progression to highly skilled employment. The ratings (gold, silver or bronze) would allow universities that score highly to potentially raise their tuition fees and this has been met with discontent. The NUS is opposed to further fee rises and they have expressed their concerns in an open letter to university vice chancellors. Rising student expectations of the university experience and value for money could make learner satisfaction a key consideration when students choose where to study. Completion rates, the proportion of students who complete their desired degree qualification, could determine a student’s overall trust on the higher education institution. Graduate employability is another key characteristic of the assessment and of the government ambitions to align high standards of education with successful careers.  As the Higher Education (HE) marketplace develops, and the world of graduate employment becomes more competitive, it is vital for all providers to focus on these assessment aspects, such as the value of graduate employment, earnings and the satisfaction of graduates with their careers.

Join us at Teaching Excellence Framework: Quality, Accessibility and Student Choice to learn about the very latest initiatives across current higher education policy; hear from universities leading the predicted lists of the UK government’s teaching excellence framework (TEF) assessment; and discover and debate the reforms that the second trial year will implement on the higher education landscape.


Benefits of Attending View Programme

  • Hear about the very latest initiatives across current higher education policy.
  • Gain a better understanding of the TEF second trial year reforms to identify those metrics which most reliably and accurately measure teaching quality.
  • Explore new ideas, new thinking and new contacts to support you to engage constructively with the consultation on TEF.
  • Be inspired by examples of best practice from leading organisations across both public and private sectors on student satisfaction, completion rates and employment opportunities.
  • Explore the Teaching Excellence Framework plans to drive social mobility by further increasing higher education participation by those from disadvantaged and underrepresented groups.
  • Insightful, interactive and practical sessions to help you raise teaching standards and provide greater focus on graduate employability.
  • Discuss the challenges and opportunities of the implementation of the teaching framework on the higher education landscape.
  • Discover what organisations across sectors are doing to test and evaluate measures of learning gain in English Higher Education through pilot projects.
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate current initiatives and new practices to redesign and reshape the higher education landscape to have students at its heart.
  • Gain the maximum number of 6 CPD points.

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Ian Welch, Assistant Director, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Ian Welch has accumulated over thirty years of experience across the further education and higher education sector. Ian is currently a part of the Teaching Excellence Framework core team, working alongside HEFCE in the delivery of TEF year 2, in particular around the assessment of submissions alongside colleagues from the sector. This builds on Ian’s leadership of a range of review methods at QAA, including Higher Education Review and Integrated Quality Enhancement Review, and his management of enhancement projects both in the UK and abroad. Before joining QAA, Ian worked in the sector as both a teacher and a senior manager.




Janice Kay, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter & Deputy Chair of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel

Professor Janice Kay is the Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter. Prior to her role as Provost, Professor Kay spent 10 years as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education during which time the University consistently achieved top 10 nationally in the National Student Survey. She is a Professor of cognitive neuropsychology, first appointed to Exeter through a Wellcome Trust University Lectureship. Her research, funded most recently by ESRC as well as Wellcome and MRC, is concerned with theoretical modelling, assessment and rehabilitation of disorders of perception, speech, language and memory.

In the role of Provost, Janice is deputy to the senior academic leader of the University, the Vice-Chancellor. She provides strategic leadership for the overall corporate plan and oversees the portfolio of University strategies, ensuring their delivery as part of a coherent institutional schedule of activity. She holds specific accountability for the University’s strategic planning and budgeting processes, in addition to the International Partnerships and Development and Alumni Relationships strategies. The Provost is responsible for the management of the University’s six Colleges, through the six Pro-Vice-Chancellors.

Janice’s external commitments reflect her extensive experience and passion for higher education. Janice has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the prestigious panel which will assess the first teaching Excellence Framework exercise. Janice is also a Board Director of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England Quality, Accountability and Regulation Strategic Advisory Committee and the Pearson World Qualifications Group. For six years Janice also chaired the UK 1994 Group Student Experience Policy Group

Janice has been prominent in widening access initiatives, nationally and regionally. Recent involvement in local schools’ projects includes supporting the establishment of the highly successful Exeter Mathematics School (one of two in the country, with Kings College London), the new Education Campus at Cranbrook, Exeter and the South Devon University Technical College. Janice also holds numerous external positions linked to health sciences, further to her integral role in creating the University of Exeter Medical School. She is on the boards of the South West Academic Health Science Network, Health Education South West and is a non-executive director of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust.

Janice was recognised in the Queen’s New Year honours with a CBE for services to Higher Education.




Dr Jekaterina Rogaten, Research Associate in Learning Analytics, Institute of Educational Technology, Open University

Jekaterina joined the Open University in November 2015 as a research associate to work on the ABC longitudinal mixed method Learning Gains project. Recently Jekaterina also joined IDEAS project that examines students’ learning progress in distance education university in South African (UNISA), and EVALUATE project that examines effectiveness of educational intervention that aims to develop digital and language skills and competences of future teachers in EU countries. In addition, Jekaterina holds a lectureship position at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London, where she teachers applied positive psychology.

Jekaterina’s main research interests are in application of positive psychology in education and business environments. She is in particular interested in learning gains, performance, progress, creative cognition, metacognition, flow and emotions. She is a quantitative researcher who is particularly interested in modelling of longitudinal data and as such takes particular interest in learning analytics.


Jeff McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University

Jeff is a specialist in digital marketing and, between 2003-2009, ran his own agency while already lecturing at Manchester Metropolitan Business School. Since joining the Faculty full time Jeff has led delivery of bespoke corporate programmes such as the MSc Multi-Channel Retailing for JD Sports Fashion plc.

His area of research interest is around the impact of social media on corporate brands and he is an award-winning academic author and multiple award-winning blogger. He is a member of the Operational Board of the Manchester Publicity Association and regular lecturer for professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing.


Jeff McCarthy, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University


Jeff has been involved in online and blended delivery of business programme since he first launched a specialist Public Relations Masters course online.

Jeff is a specialist in digital marketing and, between 2003-2009,  ran his own agency while already lecturing at Manchester Metropolitan Business School. Since joining the Faculty full time Jeff has led delivery of bespoke corporate programmes such as the MSc Multi-Channel Retailing for JD Sports Fashion plc.

His area of research interest is around the impact of social media on corporate brands and he is an award-winning academic author and multiple award-winning blogger. He is a member of the Operational Board of the Manchester Publicity Association and regular lecturer for professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing.


Professor Andy Collop, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, De Montfort University (DMU)

Professor Andy Collop was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor at De Montfort University (DMU) in February 2015, after previously serving as PVC/Dean of the Faculty of Technology and PVC Research and Innovation.  Prior to joining DMU in September 2011, Professor Collop spent 15 years at the University of Nottingham where he professed through the ranks to a personal chair and held a number of senior leadership and managerial roles within the School/Department of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering.  Professor Collop’s current responsibilities include and strategic and operational oversight of the four faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor/Deans and the three cross cutting Pro Vice-Chancellor portfolios (Academic, Research & Innovation, Enterprise).






Professor Helen Higson, Provost and Deputy Vice Chancellor, Aston University

Helen Higson completed her first degree in English Literature from Newnham College, Cambridge University and followed this up with an MA with the Open University and a PhD at Birkbeck College, London University.  She has worked in Higher Education since 1983, first at Southampton University and then at Aston.  She is currently Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Aston University where she is Chief Academic Officer and leads on learning and teaching and employability.  Her previous role was as Head of Learning and Teaching at Aston Business School.  She is Professor of Higher Education Learning and Management and National Teaching Fellow (NTF) and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Her current research includes intercultural training for staff and students and research into employability competencies and diversity.  Helen Higson contributed a chapter to the 2012 Wilson Review on University Business relations.  Helen was awarded the OBE in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to Higher Education.




Eric Bohms, Managing Director & Student Experience Advocate, Electric Paper UK

Eric Bohms is Managing Director at Electric Paper Ltd. He has over 20 years experience of working in the software sector. He is passionate about the HE student experience and has specialist knowledge of HE policy and processes in this area. He also specialises in disruptive technologies, new product development, knowledge management, survey design and deployment.






Meena Mehta Kotecha, CMath, IMA Academic Representative & Fellow of The HEA, Departments of Statistics & Management, London School of Economics

Meena has been teaching at the London School of Economics (LSE) since 2006. She has been named as an LSE Innovator and is an LSE Teaching Excellence Prize Winner for both statistics & operational research methods (2008, 2013 and 2016).

Meena has organised four mathematics education international conferences thus far in collaboration with the University of Warrick, the Open University and the University of Glasgow, co-chairing the scientific committees of two of these.

Meena was included in Jisc’s list of the 50 most influential university educators. She is an invited member of The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) Education committee and the IMA London branch committee since October 2013.

Meena organised and presented an invited session at the RSS 2016 , and has been invited again to present at the RSS 2017.


Her research interests include mathematics/statistics anxiety; leadership and team-work; inclusive education; non-verbal communication; perception; memory; attention; learning and motivation.




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