Published: 27 September 2023
St George’s has received a prestigious Silver Award in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
TEF is a national scheme run by the Office for Students which assesses universities and colleges for excellence above expected requirements for quality and standards in teaching, learning and positive outcomes for students. The list of final ratings for most of the institutions that took part has now been published.
Universities considered excellent by a national panel of students and staff receive Gold, Silver or Bronze awards overall, as well as underpinning ratings for student experience and student outcomes. Alongside its Silver rating overall, St George’s received Silver for Student Outcomes, and Bronze for Student Experience.
From analysis of public data, and written submissions by the university and students, St George’s was judged outstanding for three of the 13 TEF panel criteria and very high quality for a further six.
St George's outstanding record on students continuing their studies, completing degrees, and progressing to highly skilled employment or further study was recognised by the panel and is reflected in national rankings. St Georges’ is the number one university in the UK for Graduate Prospects (on track), according to the Complete University Guide 2024 and second for Graduate Prospects in the recently published Times UK University Rankings for 2024.
The panel highlighted the very high quality of course content and delivery centred on student engagement in learning, immersion in practice and intellectual stretch, and the University’s outstanding support for staff professional development and academic practice through the work of the Centre for Innovation and Development in Education.
Further information on the reasoning behind the ratings will follow when the Office for Students releases TEF panel summary reports in the coming month.
Commenting on the results, Professor Jane Saffell, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Education said:
“This Silver award is testament to the talent and hard work of staff, who are dedicated to creating, sustaining and enhancing the distinctive education we provide.
“Our journey from TEF Bronze in 2016-17 has been hard-won and I’m delighted that we now have a rating that better reflects who we are and what our St George’s education means for students. Onward now to Gold!”
“I’d like to thank the Students’ Union, particularly Elgin Edison (2022-23 Vice-President for Education), who led student submission, and Ayesha Patel (2022-23 President), for their hard work, insight and partnership through the year”.
Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jenny Higham, added:
“At St George’s, we work hard to provide our students with the support they need to thrive in their future careers and make a positive impact on the lives of others. Receiving a Silver rating in TEF is a wonderful achievement, which reflects the amazing work of our staff - dedicated to providing an enriching experience for every student, in whichever setting they are learning.”