Why is the TEF so Controversial?

Introduction The implementation of the Teaching Excellence Framework is now well underway; the TEF2 metrics have been released to providers, written submissions are due back to HEFCE in January and the outcomes will be published in May (http://www.hefce.ac.uk/pubs/year/2016/201632/). 

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David Maguire: Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy Application

PFHEA CertI recently became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA). Why would someone in my position want to go to the trouble of submitting a substantial application for consideration by an independent panel of education experts to receive

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BIS White Paper: Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice (May, 2016)

WPAccording to the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson, the White Paper sets out to solve the following problems:

The quality of student outcomes is limited by lack of information and variation in provision

The excellence of

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Queen’s Anniversary Prize Awarded to Natural Resources Institute for Work on Cassava in Africa

QAP 2016 SDB_160225_QAP_Greenwich_SDB_2421The University’s NRI has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education during a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace and presided over by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.  These awards are granted in the name

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Greenwich Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

VC Opening the Event[5]Last Wednesday, the University of Greenwich launched its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy, and I was delighted to be able to open the launch event.

Here at the University, we have a very rich and diverse community of more than

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Five TEF Principles

The recently publish government green paper Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice amongst other things proposes the introduction of a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). On 1st December, 2015 I appeared before the BIS Select Committee concerned

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Digital Marketing and Higher Education

UK Higher Education is acquiring a taste for digital marketing.  Some see it as a valuable tool to outcompete other institutions, while others view it with complete distain and regard it as a waste of valuable time, energy and money. 

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Brazil-UK Universities Meeting, London

Today I chaired a session at the Universities UK-Brazil Coimbra Group meeting on University-Business Interaction.  Here are my introductory remarks that I delivered on the subject.

University-business interaction is a very important topic not least in the present times of austerity

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The Teaching Excellence Framework: good idea, but can it be implemented?

Few would argue that the Research Excellence Framework has improved university research.  By extension, there is a certain logic that a Teaching Excellence Framework would do the same for teaching.

When the REF was introduced several commentators said that it was

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Enhancing Opportunities for All in Higher Education

Today I spoke at the University symposium on Brighter Futures: Enhancing Opportunities for All.

This is the first symposium of four in a series, which seek to bring together a range of multidisciplinary perspectives drawn from the fields of sociology,

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