QS Stars global university ratings system

QS-5-Star-2018‌The QS system evaluates the performance of universities over a number of areas and gives a star rating, with 5 stars the highest achievable. It is an independent evaluation system and is intended to recognise excellence in higher education.

Our excellent teaching is underpinned by the groundbreaking research taking place at the College of Engineering. All of our courses benefit from being at the cutting-edge of any new developments and are closely aligned to industry, ensuring our graduates are well-equipped for their future careers.

The QS stars highlight the emphasis we place on ensuring our teaching is to the highest standard and we are proud that this is recognised through an award that ranks us alongside international institutions.

The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF)

TEF 2018The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) is a national exercise, introduced by the government. It assesses excellence in teaching at universities and colleges, and how well they ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study.

The TEF Panel considered the provider’s submission and supplementary metrics, where appropriate, in relation to the TEF criteria and its judgement reflects, in particular, evidence of: 

  • a clear employability strategy with very high levels of engagement from employers and professional bodies
  • course design and assessment practices that provide engaging student learning opportunities, resulting in students acquiring knowledge, skills and understanding that are most highly valued by employers
  • personalised high-quality support for student learning, including welsh-medium opportunities, and pastoral care
  • the strength and diversity of staff-student partnerships
  • a cross-disciplinary approach to impactful, world-leading research that influences teaching and learning
  • a strong culture of reward and recognition for teaching and integration with research and scholarship
  • outstanding physical and digital resources with very high levels of investment to enhance student learning.

Overall, the TEF Panel judged that the combination of evidence in the provider metrics and the provider submission best fits the descriptor for a Gold award.