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Loughborough in the ‘Golden’ six of elite universities securing top teaching quality rating

Loughborough is one of the ‘Golden’ six elite universities in the country to be awarded the top accolade in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The TEF is the system through which universities’ teaching quality is assessed and rated.

Loughborough – along with five other top ten UK universities – was awarded Gold, which ‘recognises institutions that deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and is of the highest quality found in the UK’.

Almost 300 universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education took part in the TEF – led by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) – receiving a Gold, Silver or Bronze award at the end of the assessment (or a provisional award for those who do not yet have sufficient data to be fully assessed).

It is great to see Loughborough is among the ‘Golden’ six of the UK’s most elite universities, and that our teaching has been recognised as the highest quality found in the country.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Robert Allison

Universities were assessed by an independent TEF panel of academics, students, education experts and employers on their performance across three broad areas: Teaching Quality, Learning Environment, and Student Outcomes.

Loughborough scored highly on its retention and progression of students to highly skilled employment or further study. Student satisfaction with teaching, assessment and feedback, and academic support were also notably above the sector benchmark.

The TEF Gold award winners in the Complete University Guide 2018 are: Loughborough, Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews, Imperial College London and Lancaster.

Loughborough’s full submission is available to download from the link below. 

For more information on the TEF visit HEFCE website.

A guide to the Teaching Excellence Framework

We've produced a guide to explain more about TEF and why Loughborough was awarded 'Gold' for teaching quality.