Published on 15 September 2016
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has appointed Professor Michael Young, the University of Sunderland's Deputy Vice-Chancellor, to join the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel.
The Government is introducing the framework to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching in Higher Education, and has asked HEFCE to implement Year Two of this exercise.
Professor Young was selected through a competitive process from the 1,200 applications received for the roles available.
The TEF panel will comprise individuals from a range of different organisations. It will be responsible for deciding the assessment outcomes, based on recommendations and advice from a wider pool of academic and student assessors.
Commenting on his appointment, Professor Michael Young, the University of Sunderland's Deputy Vice-Chancellor said:
'It's a great honour to be selected to join the HEFCE panel overseeing the Teaching Excellence Framework. Higher Education is constantly evolving and being a member of the TEF panel presents an excellent opportunity to promote innovation, share best practice and insight from across the sector and ensure that our Universities continue to thrive. This is important for our students and staff, for employers and for the wider positive social and economic impact of higher education. I'm proud to accept this appointment and I'm looking forward to getting started.'
Professor Chris Husbands, Chair of the TEF, said:
'I look forward to working with this panel, which is drawn so broadly from across the sector, to build on the excellent reputation of UK higher education at this important point in its evolution. The panel will bring to bear a range of perspectives and expertise to contribute to the robust and successful implementation of the TEF.'
Commenting on the appointments, Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, HEFCE said:
'We are delighted with the calibre of panel members, who we have appointed for their standing with higher education providers and students, and their significant commitment to excellence in learning and teaching.'
The list of appointed assessors will be announced by the end of September. The Department for Education will announce the final specification against which providers are to be assessed later this month, following its technical consultation.