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UCA secures silver award in Teaching Excellence Framework

UCA has been awarded silver status by HEFCE’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel – an award that recognises our consistent surpassing of rigorous national quality requirements for higher education.

The TEF process is designed to acknowledge and reward excellence in teaching and learning. It takes into account three year average data (from 13/14 – 15/16) on teaching, assessment, retention and graduate employment. To achieve a silver award, universities have to demonstrate consistent quality across a range of measures in teaching, assessment, retention and graduate employment.  

In its statement of findings relating to UCA, the TEF panel noted: “The metrics indicate very high levels of student satisfaction with academic support and outstanding levels of satisfaction with teaching, assessment and feedback from a diverse body of students.”

The panel also praised employer engagement with the curriculum, UCA’s high quality digital and physical resources, the support put in place for students, and on-going use of student feedback.

UCA’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bashir Makhoul said: “I am delighted with the TEF findings which recognise the extensive work UCA puts in to preparing students for careers in the creative sector.

“Most of our teaching staff are engaged in their own creative practice, which puts them in a unique position to help students develop and nurture their creativity. Regular employer engagement and opportunities to work with industry-standard equipment ensure that UCA graduates are sought after within the creative industries.”

The silver award builds on UCA’s success in all major league tables. In recent months the Guardian and Complete University Guides have both named UCA as the top specialist for the creative industries, with the Guardian ranking UCA 21st out of all UK universities. The Times place UCA as 14th in the country for teaching quality.