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Teaching Excellence Framework: Raising Quality Standards

  • Thursday, 14 July 2016
  • Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:00
  • Overview

The higher education White Paper “Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility & Student Choice” has been published, which constitutes the biggest changes to higher education in a generation. The aim is to introduce a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to reshape the higher education landscape and ensure students are at its heart. At this conference we will explore how to raise teaching standards, provide a greater focus on graduate employability, widen participation in higher education and open up the sector to new high-quality entrants.

The proposals are not without controversy. The aim to use metrics as proxies of teaching quality, the link between TEF outcomes and the ability for universities to increase their tuition fees, the plans for a new single entry gateway and increasing competitive pressure with the entry of the “challenger institutions” have all raised concerns about how well it might work in practice for the HE sector. The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has called on the universities to engage constructively to ensure that the metrics chosen for the TEF are as robust and reliable as possible.

Join us for the opportunity to discover and debate how the TEF reforms will impact on the higher education landscape, widening student choice, participation and social mobility, and driving teaching excellence. Teaching Excellence Framework: Raising Quality Standards will give you a clear understanding of the future direction of higher education reform, the critical planning institutions need to have in place during transition and how recommendations can be best achieved.

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08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair’s Opening Address

09:35

Keynote Address

  • Iain Mansfield, Deputy Director, HE TEF and Quality Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (confirmed)
"The Future of Higher Education"


In late 2015 the Government published its Higher Education Green Paper “Fulfilling our Potential: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice”, which constitutes the biggest changes to higher education in a generation. The aim is to introduce a Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to reshape the higher education landscape and ensure students are at its heart.

09:55
  • Iain Wright MP, Chair, Business, Innovation and Skills Committee (confirmed)
"Responding to the Higher Education Green Paper"

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee has presented its support to the Universities Minister’s desire to improve teaching quality at universities, widen participation, and increase the focus on graduate employability but, on the other side, the Committee’s report recognises outstanding concerns about the implementation of the new teaching framework and the pace of its introduction.

12:10

Best Practice Example

  • Chris Millward, Director (Policy), Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) (confirmed)
"Driving Social Mobility"


Prime Minister David Cameron announced last year the aim of a series of 2020 goals to improve social mobility in a number of areas of society, including universities. This is today reinforced by the Higher Education Green Paper. Universities UK (UUK) created a social mobility advisory group to build upon good practice and, together with the Department for Education, to raise aspirations and attitudes in under-represented groups.

10:35

Case study

  • Robin Smyth, Account Manager – UK Sales, Turning Technologies (confirmed)
"How Student Response Systems Can Benefit Teachers Regarding TEF"


It will outline how SRS will benefit teachers regarding TEF. Our system will help prove teaching excellence and how students are learning over time.

10:55

Question and Answer Session

11:05

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:50

Best Practice Example

"Increasing the Focus on Graduate Employability"


Peter will describe how programme teams can achieve this through “connected curricula” approaches, which bring together concepts such as T-profile curricula, partnership working with employers, authentic learning and assessment for learning - all underpinned using a 5­dimensional model of “technology for employability”. These approaches are all described in a recent Jisc report “Technology for Employability (Jisc, 2015) that Peter has coauthored and are illustrated with 20 in-depth case studies.

12:10
  • Sharon Smith, Director of the Higher Education Access Tracker (Heat) project, University of Kent (confirmed)
"Widen Participation"


The Kent-based Heat project, which is receiving £3 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, may represent the best chance of success in widen participation. Fifty universities have signed up to the service, which allows institutions to record students’ participation in outreach activities, cross-referenced with data from sources such as the Higher Education Statistics Agency, on factors such as their subsequent progress through higher education.

12:30

Question and Answer Session

12:35

Breakout Session facilitated by The Higher Education Academy (HEA)

"Destination of leavers is a key TEF; what should institutions’ do to better prepare students for graduate employment"

Panel members will facilitate an interactive break-out session offering practical guidance to find out what really matters for employability and how we can improve it in our organisations.

13:15

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:15

Chair’s Afternoon Address

14:20

Case Study

"Developing Teaching and Learning Excellence with Digital Technologies: A Case Study with REVEL"


REVEL is a new digital resource developed by Pearson using well-established learning design principles that aim to promote more effective learning. Here, we present initial findings from a study using REVEL with students within a Law module. This study is part of an ongoing effort to develop teaching and learning excellence among students and teaching staff.

14:40
"Pecha Kucha Session: Measuring Teaching Quality"

Opportunity to hear different case studies through quick talks of 20 slides – shown for 20 seconds each – per presenter about pilot projects that test and evaluate and identify those metrics which most reliably and accurately measure teaching quality in English Higher Education.

Sunil Maher, LEGACY (Measuring Learning Gain in Higher Education) Project Manager
Teaching Quality, University of Warwick
Dr Jekaterina Rogaten, Research Associate in Learning Analytics, Institute of Educational
Technology, Open University
Dr Bob Gilworth, Director of The Careers Group, University of London, and Director of
Research for the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS)

15:05

Question and Answer Session

15:15

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:30

Case Study

"Transforming University Teaching and Learning through Adaptive Learning and Analytics"

This session will explore the ability of the analytics to inform both the course development and rollout strategy for adaptive learning, as well as the institutions overall approach to teaching and learning.

15:50
"Lessons Worth Sharing"


This presentation will look at what we can learn from sectors, including schools and
hospitals, to improve teaching quality. Louise Darian will provide two considerations for the
Government and the sector to take in to account.

16:10
  • Tom Lowe, Project Manager, Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation (REACT) (confirmed)
  • Liz Dunne PFHEA, Director, Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation (REACT) (confirmed)
"Investigating the Benefits of Student Engagement for ‘Hard-to-Reach’ Students"


REACT (Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation) is a HEFCE Catalyst
funded project designed to investigate the impact of different of forms of Student
Engagement activities on the student experience, including retention and attainment.

16:30

Question and Answer Session

16:45

Chair’s Closing Remarks and Event Close

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