CALDERDALE COLLEGE RECEIVES SILVER RATING FOR HE TEACHING EXCELLENCE!22nd June 2017
Calderdale College has received fantastic news earlier on this week as the college have been awarded a silver rating for Teaching Excellence (TEF) in Higher Education.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has been introduced by the government and aims to monitor and assess the quality of teaching in the UK’s Higher Education Providers – which includes universities, colleges and alternative providers; in order to recognise and reward excellence in learning and teaching. The rating is judged against key criteria, including student feedback, retention rates and the destinations of its students after graduation.
Out of 295 institutions who have entered, Calderdale College is among 116 Higher Education institutions to achieve silver rating. This is a fantastic result as several leading universities are among the 56 institutions to have been awarded the lowest, bronze rating, while only 59 UK institutions have managed to achieve a gold rating.
The College’s Principal, John Rees, said “We are thrilled to receive this recognition, which quite rightly highlights the quality of our higher education offer. The silver award is only achieved after a rigorous assessment and will put us in prestigious company, alongside many well-known universities.”
Calderdale College is the only Higher Education Provider (HEP) in Calderdale, offering degrees and other higher education qualifications in partnership with the Open University and the University of Huddersfield. Its relatively small size means that students can learn and study within smaller group sizes and a more closely supported environment than they would at a large university campus.
According to the feedback from TEF panel, Calderdale College demonstrates high levels of commitment to developing its teaching excellence. Student feedback indicates high level of student satisfaction with specific praise for the teaching and assessment methods used. The panel were impressed by the College’s assessment and feedback process which operates effectively to support students’ development, progression and achievements; and the great focus on the development of academic and employability skills. Outcomes for students are excellent, in terms of progression to employment and further study.
The TEF framework aims to give students an indication of the quality of teaching that a Higher Education Provider has on offer and this result is certainly a great success for Calderdale College.