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University TEF Provider Submission for 2023

13 Mar 2023

Message from April McMahon, Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students, and Craig Best, Head of Student and Academic Services


Our Teaching Excellence Provider Submission has been submitted, accompanied by the UMSU Student Submission! It has been a fantastic effort from all involved across the University and a true example of collaboration to demonstrate Manchester’s features of excellence. 

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to enhance excellence in student experience and student outcomes of taught programmes. Higher Education Providers with more than 500 students are required to engage in the Teaching Excellence assessment everyfour years as part of their Conditions of Registration and our Students’ Union is asked to providean independent student submission. 

Our 2023 provider submission focused on the two aspects of Student Experience and Student Outcomes, across four sub-areas: 

  • Academic experience and Assessment  
  • Resources, Support and Student Engagement  
  • Positive Outcomes  
  • Educational Gains 

You can find out more about the TEF aspects andassessment approach by reading the Regulatory advice 22 Guidance on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023 (Annex A page 75 provides agood summary of what we needed to demonstrate).  

We will be assigned an overall rating (Gold, Silver, Bronze or Requires Improvement) and a rating for each of the two ‘aspects’ that are assessed. These ratings are determined by seven core indicators based on teaching, academic support and progression to employment; and by consideration of our submission and UMSU student submission. Our data is availablethrough the TEF data dashboard and gives an easy to access picture of how we are doing in different subject areas student groups in both Student Experience and Student Outcomes. 

Assessments are carried out by a TEF Panel consisting of two-thirds experienced academics, and one-third students or recent students. The results of the TEF will be announced in September. 

Between now and then, we’ll be telling you more about the case studies from these priority areas which we highlighted in our submissions; and the fantastic work our colleagues do to enhance student experiences and enable our students to succeed. 

To highlight a few examples, we embedded our Five Teaching, Learning and Students strategic priority areas into the submission to demonstrate excellence and examples of outstanding practice: 


A massive thank you again to all colleagues and student reps who were involved in the submission. It is a rigorous and important process, but also an opportunity to demonstrate our outstanding practice and to showcase the amazing work of our colleagues. 

April McMahon 

Vice-President for Teaching, Learning and Students 

Craig Best 

Head of Student and Academic Services