CfP: Compass – special TEF edition

The Teaching Excellence Framework has become a focal point of discussion amongst Higher Education institutions in the UK. For this special edition of Compass, we are inviting submissions that critically explore any aspect of the TEF to help form a special issue which touches upon the key conversations that are currently taking place within the sector. You may wish to explore issues relating to teaching quality and its measurement, learning environment, learning gain, student engagement and experience, attainment, retention, progression, and/or the relationship between teaching and research more generally. You may also wish to comment on the metrics being used to reflect teaching quality.


Closing date for submissions:  13th January 2017

Expected publication date: May 2017

Compass is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes articles, case studies, opinion pieces, reflective pieces and reviews relating to learning, teaching and assessment within higher education. It is our aim that Compass will inspire, educate, amuse, and generally engage its readership. See:

For this special edition, we are inviting submissions in these forms of writing:

· Opinion Pieces – short and thought provoking, stating a position and drawing on facts and evidence to support it (a maximum of 750 words)

· Conference Reflection Pieces – a short and thought provoking piece responding to issues raised at a conference or workshop (a maximum of 1500 words). A conference reflection piece is a highly focussed reflective text rather than  a conference report.

· Case Studies – based on learning, teaching, feedback or assessment in practice, typically describing: the organisational and historical context, technical specifications of the project, discussion of pedagogy, implementation, evaluation and limitations (a maximum of 3000 words)

· Research Articles – longer papers, providing a clear rationale for the study within the body of published research or policy, an overview of the research methodology adopted, a presentation of findings, and a discussion of those findings in relation to existing knowledge (a maximum of 6000 words).

Your submission should not have been published or be under review with another journal. Submissions will be peer reviewed anonymously by at least two referees. The managing editor has discretion of seeking additional peer reviews where necessary. Authors will receive feedback and comments following this process and may be asked to amend their work accordingly. The editors reserve the right to make further minor editorial changes. Final proofs will be sent to authors for approval prior to publication, if there is sufficient time to do so, and must be returned by the stipulated deadline. Major alterations to the text cannot be accepted at that stage.

Detailed author submission guidance can be found at:

And we invite you to submit your articles through the following link:

In order to submit, you will need to create an account; full details of how to do this are given on the submissions page. If you have any questions about your submission or experience difficulties submitting , please email: in the first instance.

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