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Learning and Teaching

We promote excellent teaching through our quality enhancement strategy.

We fund work with the Higher Education Academy to support the higher education (HE) community in order to enhance the quality and impact of learning and teaching. The Higher Education Academy also supports Future Directions, which includes the quality enhancement work being carried out in the Welsh HE sector. This work aims to enhance specific areas of the student learning experience, through encouraging academic and support staff, and students collectively to share current good practice and to generate ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching. The current Future Directions theme is on retention, and is being co-ordinated by Universities Wales' Pro Vice-Chancellors Learning and Teaching Advisory Group.

Our Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee (SOAC) guides our work in this area.

We aim to ensure that all learners have access to a good quality learning experience. We also aspire to assist institutions in providing increased flexibility and accessibility of provision, including facilitating Welsh medium education and taking full account of equality and diversity.

TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework)


The UK Government is introducing a framework to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has been asked to implement Year Two of the exercise.

Welsh higher education providers have asked to be given the opportunity to apply for the TEF on a similar basis to institutions in England.

Eligible providers in Wales are included in the first year of TEF (TEF 1 in 2016/17 to take effect in 2017/18). The UK Government has published a list of eligible providers for TEF 1.

Eligible higher education providers in Wales will be able to apply for TEF 2 in 2017/18 to take effect in 2018/19. The central costs of assessment for TEF 2 will be borne by the UK Government.

A technical consultation on the arrangements for TEF 2, including eligibility and pre-requisites, has completed and the DfE has responded to that consultation here:

The Teaching Excellence Framework is not part of HEFCW’s responsibilities. It is a matter for eligible Welsh institutions to determine whether or not they wish to participate in Year Two of the TEF. There is no commitment by the Welsh Government to future increases in tuition fees in Wales linked to TEF ratings.

Details of the TEF Panel members have been published by HEFCE today. Further appointments will be made to the panel to strengthen representation from employers, and also from Wales (and the other devolved administrations, should they take part).

Additional steps will be taken to ensure the Welsh context is fully reflected and understood, including bespoke training on the Welsh context and Welsh medium provision, and the provision of a brief contextual paper prepared by HEFCW in consultation with Universities Wales.

Further information about TEF 2 can be found on the HEFCE website here. HEFCW will ensure that these developments and the operational arrangements for Year Two of the TEF are communicated to the Welsh higher education sector.

Further queries about the TEF should be directed to tef@hefce.ac.uk

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