University of the West of England reaches TEF Gold

The University of the West of England (UWE) has been granted a gold standard by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

In 2017 the TEF was introduced by the government, in England, to encourage higher education providers to work with their students to identify, pursue and maintain excellence in teaching and learning outcomes, complementing the existing assessment system. The framework also assesses how well universities and colleges ensure excellent outcomes for their students in terms of graduate-level employment or further study. The results can help those considering higher education choose where to apply.

Following its initial TEF submission in 2017, The University of the West of England (UWE), which offers the Tech Industry Gold undergraduate and degree apprenticeship programmes, has increased its status from silver to gold. The increased rank is due to the university’s graduate outcome data and National Student Survey results, which illustrate outstanding outcomes for students from all backgrounds.

The TEF panel awarded UWE Gold status based on:

  • A comprehensive system of student representation at all levels of the institution.
  • The thorough and systematic embedding of an institutional culture for the recognition and reward of teaching excellence.
  • Outstanding learning resources at institutional and subject-specific levels with extensive facilities for lecture capture.
  • Successful approaches to personalised learning, with effective support arrangements for specific student groups, that secure the highest levels of student engagement with learning.
  • The systematic embedding of enterprise and entrepreneurship throughout curricula.
  • Outstanding performance regarding sustained employment and graduate earnings.

The UWE offers Tech Industry Gold degrees which give students industry-relevant academic learning, integrated with the technical, business and interpersonal skills that place them in high demand in digital careers.

Tech Industry Gold offers a unique student experience as employers define the capabilities new recruits need and work with the universities to create and accredit the courses, and actively support the delivery.  Furthermore, the universities gain access to leading employers, growing new markets, as well as highly engaged students.

The following universities, in England, which are in the Tech Industry Gold University Network have already achieved TEF status.

Anglia Ruskin University – Silver
Aston University – Gold
Birkbeck College – Silver
Blackpool and the Fylde College – Gold
University of Chester – Silver
The University of Chichester – Silver
University College London – Silver
University of Derby- Gold
University of East London – Bronze
The University of Essex – Gold
University of Exeter – Gold
University of Greenwich – Silver
University of Hertfordshire – Gold
The University of Lancaster – Gold
Leeds Beckett University – Silver
Loughborough University – Gold
The University of Manchester – Silver
Manchester Metropolitan University – Silver
University of Northumbria at Newcastle -Silver
Oxford Brookes University – Silver
Queen Mary University of London – Silver
Ravensbourne University London – Silver
Roehampton University – Bronze
Sheffield Hallam University – Silver
Staffordshire University – Silver
University of Suffolk – Bronze
University of Sunderland – Silver
Teesside University – Silver
University of the West of England – Gold
The University of West London – Silver
University of Winchester – Silver

Click here to find out more about Tech Industry Gold degrees and degree apprenticeships