Professor Julie McLeod speaks on Teaching Excellence Framework

Friday, 27 May 2016

Professor Julie McLeod

One of the central planks of the recent White Paper for universities and the Higher Education and Research Bill is the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The Government believes that the TEF will help with “incentivising excellent teaching and giving all students better information on where the best provision is found”.

The contextual element of the TEF will be critical in ensuring different missions are best recognised

Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience)

Professor Julie McLeod, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), has spoken on a number of occasions in recent months on the proposed introduction of a TEF and what it will mean for universities.

Earlier this week, Professor McLeod took part in a webchat hosted by Times Higher Education (THE) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) entitled Are You Ready for the TEF?   

In the discussion, Professor McLeod was joined by Stephanie Marshall, the HEA’s Chief Executive and Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

As the THE reports, Professor McLeod “argued that the Government’s decision to phase in the TEF more slowly was welcome because proposed metrics such as satisfaction and graduate employment were “poor proxies” for teaching standards. She argued that strong weight would need to be placed on the written evidence that institutions will be able to submit alongside their evidence.

“Metrics can over time lead to a herd mentality and chasing numerical scores,” Professor McLeod said. “Therefore the contextual element of the TEF will be critical in ensuring different missions are best recognised.”

Oxford Brookes is currently in the process of preparing its response to the Government’s TEF Year 2 Technical Consultation which is open until 12 July 2016.

The Are You Ready for the TEF? webchat is available to listen to online.