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University awarded Silver in Teaching Excellence Framework

The University of Chichester has been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The Silver award recognises that we consistently deliver high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education. As a University with a long-standing commitment to widening participation, it is of particular significance that satisfaction with academic support among BME and disadvantaged student groups is recognised as a strength.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore commented:

“A Silver award is a significant step towards achieving our vision that, by 2020, the University of Chichester will be internationally recognised as a beacon of excellent practice for high quality, student-centred higher education. It is particularly gratifying that the TEF panel acknowledged the ‘outstanding levels of student satisfaction with teaching and academic support’. This award recognises that we provide an environment in which high quality learning and teaching prepares students to succeed academically and thrive in a global economy. We are also justifiably proud that our excellent teaching opens the world of higher education for so many ‘non-traditional’ or disadvantaged university entrants.”

Remarking on the TEF the Universities Minister Jo Johnson said: “The Framework will also tell students about where the best teaching is on offer and, for the first time, place teaching quality on a par with research at our universities.”

TEF, which has been introduced this year, is designed to gives students clear and understandable information about the best UK universities for learning and teaching. Universities are rated based on their performance in the National Student Survey, drop-out rates, and employment data, alongside written evidence of their recent successes.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Catherine Harper observed:

“Our teaching excellence is a direct result of a strategy whereby all of our teachers research, and all of our researchers teach; embedding stimulating, challenging and genuinely impactful research and professional practice into the everyday learning experiences of our students. We are therefore delighted that the TEF panel noted ‘students achieve excellent outcomes’. Working in partnership with the Students’ Union is extremely valuable to the University, and we celebrate the power of that relationship in informing and characterising our educational provision and strategic direction.”

The Silver award concludes a successful 12 months for the University. Chichester has been recognised by the State Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and was named, for the second time in four years, University of the Year for Student Retention by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.