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We're golden!We achieved triple Gold in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – for student experience, for student outcomes, and overall.

What is TEF?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), run by the Office for Students (OfS), is a national review programme designed to make sure universities and colleges provide students with excellent teaching, a great learning experience, and successful outcomes when they graduate.

Unis are rated by a panel of independent academic experts and student representatives, highlight outstanding undergraduate teaching and student outcomes so that prospective students have all the information they need to select the right course and the right uni for them.

That’s why we’re delighted to have been awarded Gold for every aspect of the latest TEF, recognising that our student experience and student outcomes are typically outstanding. The ratings show we provide a great experience and successful results for our students, across all our undergraduate courses and subjects.

What is TEF?

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), run by the Office for Students (OfS), is a national review programme designed to make sure universities and colleges provide students with excellent teaching, a great learning experience, and successful outcomes when they graduate.

Unis are rated by a panel of independent academic experts and student representatives, highlight outstanding undergraduate teaching and student outcomes so that prospective students have all the information they need to select the right course and the right uni for them.

That’s why we’re delighted to have been awarded Gold for every aspect of the latest TEF, recognising that our student experience and student outcomes are typically outstanding. The ratings show we provide a great experience and successful results for our students, across all our undergraduate courses and subjects.

This is a high-profile endorsement of our ‘real-world’ approach, and of the work we do with each student to tailor our approach to meet their needs, and to support them to achieve their goals

- Professor James Knowles, Solent Vice-Chancellor

Why we were awarded gold

The TEF panel praised Solent's student submission, which was put together with the support of the University's Students' Union. It described our students as 'devoted, curious and aspiring individuals with the goal of changing their lives through advanced opportunities and experiences’.

The TEF panel that reviewed Solent highlighted three main achievements in the University’s provision:

  • Outstanding teaching, feedback and assessment practices that are highly effective and tailored to supporting students’ learning, progression, and attainment.
  • Course content and delivery that inspires students to actively engage in and commit to their learning, and stretches students to develop knowledge and skills to their fullest potential.
  • Ensuring a supportive learning environment that gives students access to a wide and readily available range of outstanding quality academic support tailored to their needs.

Why TEF matters

No matter where you come from, it’s important you feel confident that you'll get a great education and plenty of opportunities from your college or university.

The Teaching Excellence Framework drives colleges and universities to always do better, highlighting the quality of their courses, affecting their reputations, and helping students make informed choices.

By applying to a gold-rated university, you know you’re getting the very best training, skills and career opportunities.

Find out more about TEF

Gold for student experience

We're rated gold for our overall student experience. We offer state-of-the-art facilities, a vibrant campus life, and a supportive community to help our students thrive academically and personally. Our experienced staff are dedicated to providing personalised support and innovative teaching methods to help our students excel.

See how we support our students

Gold for student outcomes

We’re rated gold for our overall student outcomes. Real-world learning opportunities are embedded in every course, from professional networking and careers fairs to projects, assessments and assignments where you’ll work on real industry challenges with real clients or organisations – ensuring you’re ready for the workplace before you even graduate.

Find out more about what our graduates have been up to

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