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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023

The University of Exeter has been rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023. This is underpinned by Gold ratings in each of the two aspects of the assessment: Student Experience and Student Outcomes. 

The Office for Students (OfS) describes a Gold rating as recognising those universities "delivering consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK." 

What is the TEF?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023 is a government initiative in the United Kingdom aimed at ensuring high-quality teaching in higher education institutions. Its primary purpose is to provide prospective students and their families with clear and easily understandable information about the quality of teaching and learning at universities and colleges.

The TEF also encourages universities and colleges to continually improve their teaching standards and student support services. By recognizing and rewarding institutions that deliver excellent teaching, it aims to enhance the overall quality of higher education in the UK.

TEF 2023 assesses institutions based on various criteria, focussing on student outcomes and student experience. TEF ratings apply to the University overall and are valid for four years, from 2023 to 2027. The University of Exeter participated in the inaugural TEF exercise and achieved a Gold TEF rating in June 2017. This rating expired in September 2023 when the University was awarded its new Gold rating, for four years.