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To TEF and Back

The TEF results are out and it appears that no one really knows how to teach!


I expect there is a lot of head scratching going on in the higher echelons of plenty of universities today.

At Southampton University, the vice-chancellor was aghast at being awarded a bronze. He said it was “hard to have confidence in a TEF which appears devoid of any meaningful assessment of teaching”.

I have to agree as I was never benchmarked in the classroom. So did they actually come into classes and view the quality of lectures? Of course not, that would cost money, lots of money.

In addition, it is a very subjective assessment, with different benchmarks for each institution. How can that have any currency for students making decisions about where to study? This lack of equity in assessment makes a mockery of the exercise.

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