Gold mark for Lancashire's `high quality' universities

Top universities slip down rankings under new student-focused system

Top universities slip down rankings under new student-focused system

The university was given a "silver" in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - with support offered to students and the high proportion of accredited courses playing a key role in the award.

Each provider is rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, or receives a Provisional award where there was not enough data for a full assessment.

RGU's President for Communication and Democracy, Edward Pollock, also praised the university for winning the coveted award.

According to The Guardian, LSE's interim director Professor Julia Black said the university would be working with the government to "review and revise" the TEF assessment process.

"With our top 20 ranking in the Research Excellence Framework in 2014, today's announcement highlights that the University of Essex is a leader in delivering excellence in education and research and is in a select group of universities that excel at both". "The TEF's medal ranking system will also now help businesses recruit the highly-skilled workforces they need - something which is vital if the economy is to prosper post-Brexit".

The TEF has identified City's high quality teaching and the satisfaction and exceptional employment record of our students.

The key goal of the TEF is to: "Give students clear information about where teaching quality is best and where students have achieved the best outcomes"; and to 'Encourage a stronger focus on the quality of teaching in higher education'.

The university's principal, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski responded to the news by declaring the award meant RGU was now among the United Kingdom "elite".

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Bangor University was awarded gold, while five other colleges got silver.

Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which published the results, said: "Students now invest significant amounts of time, and indeed money and incurring debt in their higher education".

"Whilst the HE sector welcomes the introduction of TEF there are significant reservations around the measures introduced".

Some of the UK's most prestigious universities have suffered dramatically in new official rankings focusing on student experience.

"They want to be taught by committed professionals who care about preparing them for the global workplace".

TEF Panel chair Professor Chris Husbands said that within individual awards, universities may have elements of others - for example a university awarded bronze could have elements of gold or silver, adding he hoped the TEF would provide clear ratings to be used with other information.

Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU), said the results have "little credibility within higher education".

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