The Higher Education Academy (HEA) has submitted its response to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) technical consultation.
Dr Mark Jones, HEA Chief Operating Officer, says, “As the national independent body dedicated to raising the quality and status of teaching in higher education, we have welcomed the TEF as an opportunity to raise the profile of teaching, and to promote and reinforce our diverse sector’s global reputation for teaching excellence.
“We support much of the detail in the consultation. But we reiterate our concern with the core metrics proposed in the TEF. We understand the need to rely on them in the short-term, but we are strongly advising that assessment panels give equal weight to provider submissions.”
Other HEA recommendations include:
- The use of the UK Engagement Survey (UKES) as a metric because it gets much closer to assessing pedagogic practice than the NSS; UKES is a much more robust measure of teaching excellence.
- The inclusion of a measure of impact of continuing professional development. Independently verified research has established a link between HEA Fellowships and strong student engagement scores reported by UKES.
- Proposals for clearer terminology and descriptions of the three proposed TEF ratings so that stakeholders and assessment panels are able to clearly distinguish the differences between them.
The full submission including all the HEA’s recommendations is available here.
Dr Jones concludes, “Throughout the process, we have worked very closely with our PVC Network and others, including Principal Fellows of the HEA, to help to inform our response and to influence the shape of the TEF. We will continue to work in partnership to do this.”