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In June 2018, Solent University was awarded TEF Silver, in recognition of the University’s excellent teaching.

What does TEF Silver mean for Solent and its students?

The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) was introduced by Government to assess and recognise teaching excellence in higher education, in order to better inform students’ choices about what and where to study.

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For a university to be awarded Silver, it needs to:

  • Deliver high quality provision and consistently exceed the rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.
  • Achieve excellent outcomes for its students, in particular with regards to retention and progression to graduate level employment and further study.
  • Provide courses and assessments that ensure all students are significantly challenged, and acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that are highly valued by employers.
  • Provide appropriate levels of contact time, including personalised provision.
  • Secure high levels of engagement to learning and study from students.
  • Provide high-quality physical and digital resources that can be used by students to enhance learning.
  • Ensure students are engaged with developments from the forefront of research.
  • Demonstrate an institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching.

Here at Solent, the TEF assessment panel praised Solent’s excellent practice and performance, including:

  • Levels of contact time, including personalised provision, resulting in high levels of engagement and commitment to learning and study from students.
  • The learning opportunities available, which have been designed to encourage student engagement and meet the needs of individual learners.
  • The embedded approach to developing and recognising excellent teaching practice.
  • The substantial investment in learning resources to promote student learning.
  • The way the University integrates research and professional practice into the curriculum.
  • How Solent actively promotes student employment opportunities, and the University’s commitment to building student employment; especially through professional mentoring and business start-up support.

TEF awards are decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and submitted evidence, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

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