22 June 2017

Teaching Excellence Framework success for Abertay

Teaching Excellence Framework success for Abertay

Abertay University is one of five Scottish institutions to achieve a ranking in the important new Teaching Excellence Framework.

The framework, based on assessments of student satisfaction, student retention and graduate employment, as well as submissions made by individual universities, found Abertay students “consistently achieve excellent outcomes.”

Assessors awarded Abertay a Silver ranking, noting that a “very high” proportion of students continue with their studies after enrolment and progress to employment or further study.

The TEF panel also found high levels of satisfaction with academic support at Abertay and commented on the success of the University’s commitment to widening access through a flexible admission policy which takes the background of applicants into account.

Feedback from the panel showed employability was “systematically embedded” within Abertay, informed by an institutional Employability Strategy.

It was also noted that Abertay teaching encourages high levels of student engagement, while commitment to learning and study is personalised through small class sizes and integrated student support services.

Another key strength was Abertay’s investment in high quality physical and digital resources – examples of these being the recently opened £3.5m science labs and ongoing £4m library transformation.

The TEF panel also said that the institutional culture at Abertay “facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching.”

Principal of Abertay University, Professor Nigel Seaton, said: “We are delighted to be among the five Scottish institutions to be rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

“At Abertay we focus on ensuring that our students enjoy an outstanding learning experience.

"The quality of our teaching and our support for our students mean that our graduates have a great foundation for a successful career.

“We have transformed our approach to learning and teaching over the last few years and our recent investment in new learning spaces, science labs and the library is a mark of our commitment to providing a first-class environment for both learning and research.

“We are delighted that our commitment to our students and our recent achievements have been recognised through this UK-wide award.”

Three of the five Scottish universities to have taken part in the assessment were based in Tayside and Fife - St Andrews, Dundee and Abertay - highlighting the excellence of teaching across the area. The TEF award is valid for three years.

Across the UK there were a total of 59 gold awards, 116 silver, 56 bronze and 64 provisional.

To read the Abertay TEF submission in full click here

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