Results from the Teaching Excellence Framework

04 Jul 2019 - Barni Homden

Have you heard of the Teaching Excellence Framework? Known as TEF for short, it 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.

In addition, 3 other Kaplan Pathways university partners were awarded the Gold standard: the University of EssexUniversity of York and UWE Bristol.

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; the University of BristolCity, University of London and the University of Liverpool.

As well as acknowledging the great achievements of each of our university partners, we’re delighted to announce that Kaplan Open Learning (offering University of Essex degrees online) also performed extremely well in the Teaching Excellence Framework. It achieved a Gold rating, showing the excellent teaching on offer.

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

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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