The TEF framework looks to compare university quality by looking at a series of different metrics and information sources. It is not just about teaching it is about the quality of student experience. It looks at subgroups of students at the university and how their experiences compare rather than treating students as one group. We will make sure that we are working on what matters to students. Our Vice Chancellor Chris Husbands is the current chair of the TEF framework.
Currently the TEF framework is in its first stage which is relying purely on a self assessment which universities are providing. The next stage is for it to look at some key metrics as well as this which are gathered by the university. This will help to give a strong overall view of the university.
The TEF framework has been contentious with certain groups such as the NUS and our Students union due to its link with tuition fees rising. There was recently a boycott campaign from the NUS to try and prevent final year students from filling out the National Student Survey.