Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
A message from the Vice Chancellor
I write today about the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) outcomes that the government has announced this week, which you may have heard about in the news. I can share with you that London Met has achieved a Bronze award in the TEF, which shows that the government recognises the work we do here. Other institutions to receive a Bronze include the University of East London, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of Liverpool, Kingston University and the University of Westminster.
This award reflects some of the things that made you want to study at London Met – graduate employment well over 90% and exceptional teaching quality, which last year saw us outperform UCL, King’s College, Imperial, Queen Mary and the LSE.
Yet it doesn’t capture other benefits of studying at London Met, such as guaranteed work-related learning as part of your course; the Peer Assisted Student Success scheme, which many of you are involved with, and the £125m we are investing in student facilities. The Student Journey team have also introduced a new team to directly address retention at the University, and to offer more support than ever to students.
London Met was also ranked among the top 20 ‘millennial’ universities in the world by the Times Higher Education earlier this year.
The main reasons why London Met was awarded a Bronze instead of Silver or Gold are our retention (or ‘drop-out’) rate, and student attainment. We are working hard to help all of our students achieve their potential and successfully complete their studies. The PASS scheme is helping, and other initiatives, such as the student-led module feedback scheme, aims to give students more control over the teaching you receive. We have more to do, and I want to reassure all of you that we are making good progress in improving in the areas we need to. It is important to recognise that the universities who received a Gold are specialist universities who focus on a specific area of teaching.
I hope you all have peaceful and fruitful summers.