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We're Gold rated

Portsmouth is rated 'Gold' for teaching excellence

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The University of Portsmouth has a prestigious 'Gold' rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – one of only four Gold-rated universities in the south east.

The Teaching Excellence Framework is the UK Government’s first assessment of teaching excellence in higher education.

You can use it to compare the quality of teaching and the experience of students at different universities when you are choosing where to study. It also helps you understand which universities offer the best prospects for employment and further study after graduation.

A highly ranked university

When you choose Portsmouth, you will be studying at a highly ranked university – our Gold-rating sees us ranked among the top 20% of the 299 universities, colleges and alternative providers that entered the Teaching Excellence Framework. We are also one of the Guardian University Guide’s top 25 UK universities.

More reasons to choose Portsmouth

Highest quality teaching and learning outcomes

An independent panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives decided the Teaching Excellence Framework awards.

The panel judged that the University of Portsmouth “delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.”

The superb support we offer our students, our excellent state-of-the-art facilities, and the way we prepare our students for successful careers after graduation were major factors in our Gold rating.

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More about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching Excellence Framework criteria and metrics

The Government worked with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to implement the Teaching Excellence Framework.

They assessed universities and colleges using these Teaching Excellence Framework criteria:

  1. Teaching quality
  2. Learning environment
  3. Learning gain
  4. Student outcomes

They reviewed metrics using national data on how satisfied students are with their teaching and learning, how many students complete their courses, and how many go into employment or further study after they graduate. The data is benchmarked to take account of the different mix of students at each institution.

The panel also considered additional written evidence of teaching excellence, which each institution submitted in January 2017.

Where to see each University’s award

Each university or college with a Teaching Excellence Framework award received a Gold, Silver or Bronze rating. Some newer providers received a provisional award.

You can see each university’s award on the Unistats, UCAS and HEFCE websites.

In this first round, the Teaching Excellence Framework rates the overall quality of undergraduate teaching at each university or college. In the future, the Teaching Excellence Framework may assess teaching by subject area too.

Teaching Excellence Framework eligibility

To be eligible for a Teaching Excellence Framework award, a university or higher education college must teach undergraduate courses and meet a set of rigorous national quality requirements.

The Teaching Excellence Framework is a voluntary scheme. So, some eligible institutions decided not to take part.

The University of Portsmouth has welcomed the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework. This is because it provides a valuable guide for prospective students about how well different universities perform in their core business – educating young people and transforming their lives.