The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework
) is a government assessment of the quality of undergraduate teaching in universities and other higher education providers in England
, which may be used from 2020 to determine whether state-funded providers are permitted to raise tuition fees. Higher education providers from elsewhere in the United Kingdom
are allowed to opt-in, but the rating has no impact on their funding. The TEF rates universities as Gold
, in order of quality of teaching.
The first results were published in June 2017. This was considered a "trial year" (even though the non-provisional ratings awarded are valid for 3 years
) and is to be followed by a "lessons learned exercise" that will feed into the 2018 TEF and longer-term plans for subject-level ratings.
In October 2017 the official title of the exercise was officially renamed from Teaching Excellence Framework
to the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework