Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

In 2016, the UK Government introduced a new ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ (TEF). We’ve gathered some of the key links and analysis relating to the TEF on this page. If you have suggestions for additional links or materials, please see the contact page for details of how to get in touch, or alternatively Tweet us or post to our Facebook page.

Overview of TEF, results and current development:

TEF outcomes (HEFCE results)

HEFCE’s overview of TEF

Department for Education Guidance, TEF Subject-level Pilot Specification

HEFCE guidance on TEF subject-level pilot

Department for Education Policy Document, TEF: Lessons Learned

Background to development of TEF:

Department for Education Policy Paper, Higher education: success as a knowledge economy - white paper

Higher Education and Research Act and legislative background

Original Consultation - Significant contributions and analysis:

Universities UK response

HEA response

Equality Challenge Unit response

Association for Learning Technology response

Sources, comment and analysis:

Times Higher Education TEF coverage

HEFCE TEF Resource Page

WonkHE TEF Resource Archive

Lizz Morish, Why I think the TEF is pushing elite universities towards privatization, Times Higher, 22 July 2016

Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Teaching Excellence Framework: year 2 - technical consultation

Teaching at the heart of the system, Jo Johnson Speech, 1 July 2015

Teaching excellence initiatives: modalities and operational factors, HEFCE 2015

Rosemary Deem, A critical commentary on Ray Land and George Gordon ‘Teaching excellence initiatives: modalities and operational factors’, HEFCE 2015

Jo Johnson unveils teaching REF plans, Times Higher, 1 July 2015

Russell Group Response to TEF Proposals

Our response to Universities Minister Jo Johnson’s speech on the value of higher education, University Alliance

Million+ welcomes new Government focus on importance of teaching in universities, Million+

Seven rules the teaching Excellence Framework should follow, The Guardian, 7 July 2015

How to build the teaching excellence framework, Times Higher, 10 July 2015

Removing the fuzzy edges from the TEF, WONKHE

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