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Book your place on the next Institute of Teaching and Learning workshops

26 May 2022

Places are available on the Institute of Teaching and Learning’s three-part workshop series beginning on Thursday, 9 June, exploring the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

In 2022, universities across the UK are gearing up for the next round of submissions to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), and consultations on the future of TEF are in full swing.

TEF is one of the ways in which we can shine a light on excellence and innovation in teaching practice at Manchester, and these sessions will help guide you in how the TEF and its methodology can be useful for understanding how teaching practices, improvements and innovations can be made impactful, scalable and closely aligned to national markers of success. We will also consider how TEF links with the NSS and with recent OfS announcements and consultations on student outcomes.

These workshops will cover the TEF exercise, the utility of TEF data and the evolution of the TEF in light of the 2022 consultations round.

Thursday, 9 June 2022 – 11am - 12:30pm, by Zoom

Join Professor April McMahon (Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students) and Craig Best (Head of Student and Academic Services) as they discuss how TEF is shaping up for the next round of submissions, and what the implications are for teaching, learning and teaching support colleagues now, and in the future.

This session will introduce the elements of TEF which are most relevant to staff who teach, or who support teaching and learning, and will help you to understand the scope and context of TEF both within the UK HE policy landscape. It will provide an opportunity for colleagues to talk about how TEF affects and can be used to guide practice in your local context, and how teaching and learning interventions can be appropriately measured, evidenced and included in the TEF submission. There will be an initial look forward into the regular future cycle for TEF, as we won’t be preparing only for the 2022 submission. The learning objectives include:

  • Understand the TEF and elements pertinent to teaching and learning staff
  • Why the TEF? What it’s for and why it’s important, and why TL colleagues should care
  • What’s happening? TEF changes and the University response
  • Implications of the TEF methodology for teaching and learning staff – how to think about pedagogical practice and innovation to align with the needs of TEF
  • How to contribute, what might have to change or be done differently, what needs putting in place?

Thursday, 23 June 2022 – 12:30pm - 1:30pm, by Zoom

Following on from our first session on TEF, we are pleased to welcome Alison Fairclough (Head of Business Intelligence, Directorate of Planning) and Andy Peet from our Directorate of Planning, who will lead this session on TEF, the data used in TEF, and how you can collate, interpret and apply data insights in your practice.

It will also help you to understand how you can use data in more purposeful and nuanced ways, to interrogate, understand and evidence success in established processes and innovations in your local context. The learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the data points and metrics used in the TEF methodology
  • Using data aligned to the TEF to understand and interrogate your own practices and methods
  • Utilising data to identify and dig deeper into unexpected changes in outcomes

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 – 12pm - 1:30pm, by Zoom

In this final session in our TEF mini-series, Professor April McMahon (Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Students) and Craig Best (Head of Student and Academic Services) will present their perspectives on the future direction of the TEF and the implications of the recent TEF consultations for the exercise methodology.

In 2022, the Office for Students has been undertaking consultations around the Teaching Excellence Framework. Since its introduction in 2016, there have been several changes to the way that TEF works, and this year’s consultations will ultimately form the basis of developments to the exercise in the future. The consultations have focussed on how ratings are formulated; how often they are reviewed and awarded; how the context surrounding a particular institution plays into the TEF; and how excellence is recognised. The learning objectives include:

  • Learn about the TEF consultations and how we anticipate the exercise might evolve over the next few years
  • Understand how the future direction of TEF might affect your teaching and learning practice
  • Develop ideas on how to build strategies and methods into your practices which enable you to articulate and evidence their benefits through the lens of TEF

We look forward to welcoming colleagues to these insightful sessions – to find out more, please head to the events page on the ITL website