Kent achieves Gold rating in Teaching Excellence Framework

The University has been awarded a gold rating, the highest, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

We are delighted to announce that the University of Kent has been awarded a Gold rating in the TEF. Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK. A total of 295 higher education providers took part in the TEF. In the assessment, 59 providers were rated gold.

Kent: A place to inspire/An approach to challenge
Kent’s commitment to academic excellence has been at the core of our teaching for over fifty years. Our Gold rating reinforces that commitment; that we facilitate, recognise and reward excellent teaching across the University, and we provide our students with one of the best experiences in the country.

Kent’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow was the first to receive the news. She said: ‘I am absolutely delighted that the strength of our teaching and our longstanding commitment to academic excellence has been acknowledged in this way. The hard work and dedication of our staff and students continues to ensure that the University of Kent has some of the best teaching in the country. I would like to thank all those who have made this possible.’

The TEF Panel reported that Kent students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes. Very high proportions of students from all backgrounds continue with their studies and then progress to employment, notably exceeding the provider benchmarks. The metrics indicate very high levels of student satisfaction with teaching, academic support and assessment and feedback.’

Implemented by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the TEF aims to recognise, reward and improve excellent learning and teaching at higher education providers across the UK. It also aims to provide students with clear information about where teaching quality is best and where students have achieved the best outcomes.

The awards are decided by an independent TEF Panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives.