Gold rating for teaching excellence at the University of Portsmouth

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The University of Portsmouth has been awarded a prestigious ‘Gold’ in the UK government’s first assessment of teaching excellence in higher education

  • 22 June 2017
  • 5 min read

The University of Portsmouth is one of only four universities in the South East region to be rated gold, along with the Universities of Kent, Oxford and Surrey.

This achievement sees the University ranked among the top 20 per cent of the 299 HE providers in the UK who entered the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The independent panel of experts 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.”

A gold rating in teaching excellence

The University credits its success to offering a distinctive student experience, outstanding support for its students, and embedding innovative technology in courses designed to prepare students for successful careers.

Across the University students learn in state-of-the-art facilities as used in industry and the professions with our programmes of study shaped by input from employers and our students. For example, the University’s Centre for Simulation in Health and Care prepares students for careers in a challenging and ever-changing health sector through an impressive suite of simulators and resources, such as a life-size 3D virtual patient, two fully functioning acute hospital wards and a bespoke emergency ambulance.

Professor Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth, said: “We welcome the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework and are delighted that the University of Portsmouth has been given the highest ‘Gold’ rating. For too long universities’ reputations have been overly-dependent on their research and ‘prestige’ – which can often be code for being old.  The UK is recognised as a world leader in the provision of higher education and this new government rating provides an opportunity to celebrate and recognise great teachers and great teaching that lead to positive student outcomes. It offers important new information to help students make the right choices about where to study. This Gold award supports us in continuing to build close links between teaching, course content, skills needed regionally and the industries set to drive growth as part of the UK’s future Industrial Strategy.”

This Gold award supports us in continuing to build close links between teaching, course content, skills needed regionally and the industries set to drive growth as part of the UK’s future Industrial Strategy.

Graham Galbraith, Vice-Chancellor

Alongside the new Gold rating, the University’s outstanding student experience has been reflected in its steady rise in a range of independent guides and awards. It was ranked 37th in the 2018 Guardian University Guide (having risen for the third successive year from 43rd in last year’s guide and 49th in 2016), the University rose five places to 56th in the 2018 Complete University Guide and for the third consecutive year, Portsmouth was ranked in the top 100 young universities in the world, in the Times Higher Education ranking of universities which are less than 50 years old.

For more information about the University’s Gold rating, please our Teaching Excellence Framework page.

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