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University Centre Quayside rated Bronze in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023


Jade Gillham


12th December 2023


In the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023 outcomes, published on Thursday 30 November, University Centre Quayside (UCQ) has been rated Bronze overall based on Bronze ratings for both student experience and outcomes.

What is the TEF?

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.

Universities and colleges that take part in the TEF receive an overall rating as well as two underpinning ratings – one for the student experience and one for student outcomes.

Our Rating

TEF 2023 Bronze logo University Centre Quayside

UCQ has secured a Bronze rating overall. The Office for Students (OfS) describes a Bronze rating as recognising those universities where the “student experience and student outcomes are typically high quality, and there are some very high quality features.”

The TEF panel statement said that the UCQ are “using professional practice and employer engagement to contribute to a very high quality academic experience for students”.

It added that there is “very high quality support for staff professional development and excellent academic practice is promoted”.

Reflecting on the results, Michelle Elliott, Vice Principal, said: “I am delighted that the UCQ has been rated as Bronze overall in the TEF 2023. Our Bronze rating is testimony to the exceptional work of our dedicated teaching, support and technical staff, and I would like to thank them for their continued commitment to ensuring that our students thrive.

“I would also like to thank our students for their role as active learners, and for their engagement and feedback, which is invaluable to our ability to continually improve our educational practice.”

You can download a breakdown of our submission for the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework here.