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Universities minister confirms plans for “teaching REF”

Government plans to introduce a teaching equivalent of the Research Excellence Framework have been confirmed today by universities minister Jo Johnson.

Responding to the publication of a consultation paper on proposals for reform of the quality assessment system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Mr Johnson said the government is committed to introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework as part of the new quality regime.

"Excellent teaching and learning is a crucial element of a world-leading and internationally competitive higher education system, and a key priority for this Government. We are committed to introducing a Teaching Excellence Framework as part of a wider approach to quality. In the meantime, I encourage you to respond to the consultation being published today by the three funding bodies, and I look forward to seeing the responses, which in turn will help to shape our thinking on a TEF later in the year," he said.

Sources have suggested further details may emerge when the minister outlines his priorities for higher education in a speech expected later this week.

The consultation document, published this morning by the higher education funding bodies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland sets out proposals for reform of quality assessment as part of a review that began in October 2014. Scotland is reviewing its own arrangements in a parallel study.

 

For full details on the consultation paper, see HEi-know Briefing Report 252

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