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UK Government’s Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF)

The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) recognises excellent teaching in UK higher education providers by rating them as gold, silver or bronze. The results help prospective students choose where to study.

Statement of Findings

The TEF Panel reviewed the provider metrics and provider submission according to the process and criteria specified in the TEF guidance.

The provider metrics supplemented by the submission indicate that students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes. In particular, the Panel noted that rates of progression to highly skilled employment or further study and student satisfaction with academic support for full-time students are above the provider’s benchmark. Continuation rates and student satisfaction with teaching and assessment and feedback are consistent with the provider’s benchmark.

The 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.

Our undergraduate teaching was assessed against criteria that cover the areas of teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain.

The TEF Panel considered evidence from a set of metrics using national data as well as written evidencesubmitted by the provider.

The metrics covered student satisfaction, continuation rates and student outcomes (employment and/or further study). The metrics for each provider were benchmarked to take account of differences in its students’ characteristics, entry qualifications and subjects studied. 

The awards were decided by an independent TEF Panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives.

This award was made in June 2018 and is valid for up to three years.

More information is available here for the Teaching Excellence Framework 

Download: Swansea University Learning and Teaching Strategy

"Swansea offers its students a unique experience; access to world leading research, engagement with major international employers, and experience of exceptional teachers" Professor Martin Stringer, Pro-Vice-Chancellor