TEF Gold

In June 2018 UWE Bristol was awarded gold status in the Government rankings for higher education providers.

Gold status assessment

UWE Bristol has been recognised with the highest possible rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) 2018. Gold-standard institutions have provision that is consistently outstanding and of the highest quality found in the sector.

Advancing from the silver rating awarded in 2017, the University has been praised by assessors for outstanding graduate employability outcomes and successful approaches to personalised learning.

The framework led by the Office for Students (OfS) measures the performance of all UK universities and higher education providers based on a wide range of factors including graduate employability, National Student Survey (NSS) results and learning environment.

Steve West, Vice-Chancellor

"We are absolutely thrilled to receive this gold award. It recognises the importance we place on the student experience and teaching, and how our practice-orientated and professionally accredited courses consistently equip our students for graduate level jobs."

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor

Professor Steve West Vice-Chancellor

What next?

It is likely that 2018/19 will be the last year that TEF will operate at provider level only. It is expected that, from 2019/20, individual ratings for subjects will be introduced, as well as provider level ratings.

The Office for Students (OfS) is piloting, on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE), two models for identifying subject-level ratings. The outcomes of the 2017/18 pilot, a recent DfE consultation exercise and DfE's student research will inform the second year of pilots.

TEF awards can last up to three years, so UWE Bristol will need to resubmit in 2020/21 by which time the subject-level approach will be established.

More information on TEF can be found from The Office for Students.