UCEN Manchester achieves ‘Silver’ under Teaching Excellence Framework

Graphic announcing that UCEN Manchester has achieved ‘Silver’ under Teaching Excellence Framework.

Status confirms UCEN Manchester provides “student experience and student outcomes that are typically very high quality”.

UCEN Manchester has achieved ‘Silver’ overall under the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), recognising that our “student experience and student outcomes are typically very high quality”. 

The TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage higher education providers to improve and deliver excellence in the areas that students care about the most: teaching, learning and achieving positive outcomes from their studies.

The TEF does this by assessing and rating universities and colleges for excellence above a set of minimum requirements for quality and standards. The ratings reflect the extent to which a university or college delivers an excellent experience and outcomes for its mix of undergraduate students and across the range of its undergraduate courses and subjects.

Commenting on the Silver rating, Michael Walsh, Dean and Deputy Principal, said: “We are delighted to have achieved an overall ‘Silver’ TEF outcome which provides an independent assessment of our high-quality provision.

“UCEN Manchester is proud to have an offer which is different, offering smaller class sizes and degree-level courses which are linked directly to a future career. To achieve a ‘Silver’ emphasises that we provide something different without compromising on the quality of our student experience or the outcomes that our students achieve.

The outcome is a testament to the outstanding work that our lecturers and support colleagues carry out day in day out and we are incredibly proud to have achieved this TEF ‘Silver’ status.

UCEN Manchester’s overall outcome was made up of two ‘Aspect ratings’:

  • Student Experience for which UCEN Manchester received Silver
  • Student Outcomes for which UCEN Manchester received Bronze. 

Where providers have two different ‘Aspect ratings’ the OfS look at a range of factors to determine whether the institute receives an overall rating of Silver or Bronze. 

In reaching its overall judgement the TEF panel found that UCEN Manchester had nine “very high quality features” leading to us being awarded Silver overall. 

The TEF panel considered the following to be “very high quality features” of UCEN Manchester’s provision:

  • Teaching, assessment and feedback
  • Staff professional development and academic practice
  • Learning environment and academic support
  • Student engagement in improvement
  • Approaches to supporting student success
  • Continuation rates (i.e. the proportion of students who were continuing to study a higher education qualification – or had gained a qualification – one year and 15 days after they started their course)
  • Intended educational gains (i.e. the progress students make within a higher education setting)
  • Approaches to supporting educational gains.

More details about the TEF can be found here: About the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) - Office for Students

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