Results from the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework

04 Jul 2017 - Barni Homden

The Teaching Excellence Framework results for 2017 have just been released. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assesses a university's teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. It is similar to the Research Excellence Framework, but focusing on the quality of teaching rather than research.

Kaplan is proud to say that each of our participating partner universities received Gold, Silver or Bronze, and have therefore met national requirements, and met or exceeded the individual benchmarks set out for them by the TEF panel.

Award categories and results




TEF awards come in 3 categories, depending on how well an institution performed. Each category means that the university has passed the assessment.

A number of Kaplan’s partner universities achieved a Gold rating, while all other participating universities earned either Silver or Bronze. This is a great achievement, and demonstrates the high quality of teaching on offer at UK universities.

The Gold standard is awarded to universities that deliver “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.”

Among those to receive a Gold rating were our 2 university partners in Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham.

Our 2 partners in Birmingham also achieved the prestigious Gold rating: Aston University and the University of Birmingham.

Several of our partners were awarded a Silver rating. This recognises universities that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and which consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

Awarded a Silver rating were Bournemouth University; the University of Brighton; City, University of London; UWE Bristol; and the University of York.

As well as acknowledging the great achievements of each of our university partners, we’re proud to announce that Kaplan Open Learning also performed well in the Teaching Excellence Framework. It was also awarded a Silver rating, showing the excellent teaching on offer.

Some Scottish universities, including the University of Glasgow, did not participate in the Teaching Excellence Framework in 2017.

Find out more

Are you considering studying at a UK university? As the Teaching Excellence Framework results demonstrate, Kaplan works with exceptional universities that offer first-class teaching.

If you’re an international student and but need to improve your grades to study at the UK university you prefer, why not take a university preparation course? If you’re uncertain, explore our study options to see what’s right for you.

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