University of Suffolk could appeal Teaching Excellence Framework bronze ranking

University of Suffolk, Ipswich. Picture: ARCHANT

University of Suffolk, Ipswich. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The University of Suffolk could appeal the bronze award it received in the new Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF) rankings.

The TEF was introduced by the last government to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching at universities.

The University of Suffolk was awarded a bronze, the lowest possible title.

The University of Essex and the University of East Anglia received gold and silver awards respectively.

Universities which entered were judged on student satisfaction, drop-out rates and what students do after they graduate. A bronze award, given to 24% of entries, means national requirements are being met.

A University of Suffolk spokesman said it is considering appealing. A decision will be made this week.

The University of Southampton is appealing its bronze award, after expressing concerns over the TEF’s lack of “meaningful assessment of teaching”.

“I know I am not alone in having deep concerns about its subjective assessment, its lack of transparency, and with different benchmarks for each institution removing any sense of equity and equality of assessment,” vice-chancellor Sir Christopher Snowden said.

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