Students Staff
University of Essex

June 20, 2017


Today we received notification from The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) of our GOLD rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Here, our Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Aletta Norval, tells us more about this important award.

an image of our Pro Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Aletta Norval.

Our Pro Vice-Chancellor, Education, Professor Aletta Norval is delighted that we have received a GOLD rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

I am absolutely delighted with today’s announcement that we have been rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). This is an award the whole University can be justly proud of and I want to thank everyone who made this possible.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Essex delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Awarding Essex the top Gold rating the TEF Panel stated that at Essex “students from all backgrounds achieve outstanding outcomes with regards to continuation and progression to highly skilled employment or further study, notably exceeding the University’s benchmark”.

The TEF panel also highlighted that Essex had “outstanding levels of satisfaction with teaching, academic support, and assessment and feedback, markedly exceeding the University’s benchmark”.

Our Gold rating recognises the close cooperation between our world-leading academic staff, our excellent professional services staff, and our wonderful Students’ Union, all of whom have contributed to providing a transformational education experience for all of our students.

We pride ourselves on working in partnership to enable all our students to reach their full potential; this is central to our mission. We are dedicated to giving our students the support they need to achieve their goals; we are committed to deliver wide-ranging, student-focused initiatives that help nurture the culture of membership which is unique to Essex and we are committed to preparing our students for the global world in which they live and will work.

We place the student voice at the heart of all we do. Real partnership working – reflected in our consistently strong performance in the National Student Survey, coming in the top 10 for mainstream institutions in the last four  years – has enabled us to deliver an amazing educational experience for all our students.

Our Gold award recognises our equal commitment to education and research. This award, alongside our top 20 ranking in the Research Excellence Framework in 2014*, places Essex among a very select group of leading universities who are able to deliver excellence both in education and in research. For our students this means that the research-led education they receive is of the highest quality, delivered by academics who are world leaders in their fields.

I am sure that receiving the highest award possible in the TEF will encourage and inspire us to build on this absolutely outstanding achievement, to continue to work as closely as possible with our amazing Students’ Union, to continue to innovate and to place students at the centre of our thinking.”

* (Ranked 19th in REF after excluding specialist research institutions the Institute of Cancer Research and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of the Highlands and Islands which submitted less than 70 full-time equivalent members of staff)

Mapping excellence in education and research

TEF2017 mapped against TEF2014

Read our full TEF GOLD press release on our news page. Watch our TEF celebration video online.

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