Silver rating awarded to UWE Bristol in new national assessment

Issue date: 21 June 2017


The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been awarded a silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), a new Government higher education ranking system.

A silver rating is awarded to high-quality institutions which 'significantly and consistently exceed the baseline quality threshold expected of UK Higher Education'.

Introduced to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching, the TEF has been designed to help students choose where to study by providing clear information about teaching provision and student outcomes. The panel of assessors responsible for ranking providers have awarded grades based on a wide range of factors including graduate employability, National Student Survey (NSS) results and learning environment.

In its judgement published today, the panel reported that UWE Bristol students achieved 'excellent outcomes'. Assessors also noted that a very high proportion of part-time UWE Bristol students proceeded to highly-skilled employment.

UWE Bristol is ranked among the top 25 higher education institutions in England for its graduate employment prospects. Recent figures show 96% of recent graduates are in employment or further study, with 78% in professional roles. Last year the university celebrated its highest ever student satisfaction levels, with 87% of students indicating they were happy with the quality of their course.

Professor Jane Harrington, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UWE Bristol, said: “We are delighted that the importance that we place on the student experience and teaching at UWE Bristol is recognised by this award. Our staff across the whole university work extremely hard to ensure that students not only receive outstanding teaching, but also develop while they are with us and are 'work ready' from the day they finish their studies. The fact that we have achieved silver demonstrates the commitment and hard work of all our staff to ensuring this outcome.

“We have performed well across the board, but of particular note are our excellent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education outcomes. Our programmes are practice-led, meaning students are equipped for employment. Our National Student Survey scores also contributed positively to our TEF outcome.”

According to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which is implementing the TEF on behalf of the Department for Education, silver-rated providers 'achieve excellent outcomes for students, in particular with regards to retention and progression to highly skilled employment and further study'.

The TEF panel recognised that UWE Bristol's programmes had been designed and developed in partnership with professional bodies, students and employers, with extensive links with local businesses. The assessors' findings also highlighted that the university adopts an institutional approach to the embedding of support for the development of enterprise skills throughout students' studies, and possesses an institutional culture which supports, recognises and rewards excellence in teaching through processes of promotion, performance and development review.

Under the TEF system, higher education providers are graded at gold, silver or bronze standard. Altogether, 134 higher education institutions, plus further education colleges and alternative providers, were assessed.

UWE Bristol's silver award will be valid for up to three years.

Find out more about UWE Bristol rankings and reputation.

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