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Leeds Beckett plays part in HEFCE Teaching Excellence Framework subject level pilots


HEFCE have appointed two of our academic community to be expert panel members on the Teaching Excellence subject level pilot.

Leeds Beckett plays part in HEFCE Teaching Excellence Framework subject level pilots

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has established a main panel and seven subject panels for a TEF pilot which aims to test two possible models for generating TEF ratings at subject level; the results will inform the direction of the second subject-level pilot in 2018-19.

Professor Phil Cardew, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) and Deveral Capps, Dean of Leeds Law School, will join panels for humanities and business and law respectively.

They will carry out assessments for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework subject-level pilot scheduled to start in the spring.

Phil said: “The scheme is about recognising excellent teaching and student outcomes for subjects within universities, supporting applicants in the difficult process of finding their ideal course of study. Leeds Beckett is actively participating in the pilot and  I am pleased that our university is represented in two of the seven subject panels, as this will not only give us a better understanding of the process, but also a chance to help shape it so that it works as well as possible for students, as well as the sector as a whole.”

Deveral added: “I am delighted to have been appointed to TEF’s Law and Business subject panel and chosen, amongst all of the applicants, to assist with the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework; helping to ensure prospective HE students make an informed choice must be considered a positive.”

Panel members were selected for their subject expertise, their standing in higher education, and evident commitment to teaching excellence and student outcomes.

The TEF subject pilot is being implemented by HEFCE on behalf of the Department for Education. Currently, TEF ratings are awarded only at university level. The pilot aims to test two possible models for generating TEF ratings at subject level which will inform the direction of the second subject-level pilot in 2018-19. The pilot will run alongside the TEF Year Three process, but the pilot assessments will not interact with the provider-level TEF. No ratings identifying individual providers will be published, as the subject-level pilots are purely developmental.

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