The TEF has been introduced by Government to provide prospective students with the clear information they need to make informed choices about where to study.
Ranked alongside other high-performing universities such as Warwick, Sheffield, Manchester and Bristol, this new measure recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching in higher education.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.
Universities, colleges and alternative providers of higher education voluntarily took part in the TEF. Each provider was rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, or received a Provisional award where there was not enough data for a full assessment.
The TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.
The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell KCB commented: "Our Silver TEF award reflects the excellent learning and teaching seen here at the University of Sunderland. In the TEF assessors’ comments, we were delighted that they highlighted the excellent outcomes our students achieve, thanks to our strong relationships with employers.
As our curriculum is career-focused and professions-facing, this enables our graduates to begin working life with relevant knowledge and skills. As a result, our practice-informed teaching is having a tangible impact on our graduates, the city of Sunderland, the wider region, and beyond."
The TEF panel noted our high levels of student satisfaction with teaching and academic support and the work we do to tailor each student’s experience to their needs, which results in our students being highly satisfied with the teaching, academic support and feedback they receive and in achieving their potential.
The panel considered all the information in the University of Sunderland’s submission in relation to the TEF criteria and its judgement reflects in particular, evidence of: excellent engagement with employers in course development, exposure of students to professional practice through engagement with industrial and community partners, tailored academic experiences for students with personalised support, and a culture that facilitates excellent teaching through a comprehensive programme of professional development and funding commitments to support pedagogical research.
The University of Sunderland's TEF submission and award for 2017 is available on the Office for students website. The award is now valid for up to three years.