TEF 2023 ratings
What information is published
We have published the ratings of universities and colleges that took part in the TEF 2023 where a final decision has been reached, along with additional information relating to each university or college’s assessment:
- the provider (university or college) submission
- the student submission (where available)
- a summary panel statement setting out the panel's reasoning for the outcome.
The TEF indicators for each university or college, and the accompanying information about the size and shape of its student population, are published in our TEF data dashboards.
A rating is listed as ‘pending’ where it is still being finalised by the TEF panel. We will update these ratings once the panel has concluded its assessment, and the additional information will be published at a later date. See the TEF 2023 publication timeline for more information.
What the ratings mean
Universities and colleges that took part in the TEF receive an overall rating as well as two underpinning ratings – one for the student experience and one for student outcomes.
The ratings reflect the extent to which the university or college delivers an excellent experience and outcomes for its mix of undergraduate students and across the range of its undergraduate courses and subjects.
There are three ratings categories signifying increasing degrees of excellence above our minimum quality requirements – Bronze, Silver and Gold:
The student experience and student outcomes are typically outstanding.
The student experience and student outcomes are typically very high quality.
The student experience and student outcomes are typically high quality, and there are some very high quality features.
A university or college receives a lower category of 'requires improvement' if it has not shown enough evidence of excellence above our minimum quality requirements.
The provider was assessed in the TEF and no rating was awarded. Improvement is required for a TEF rating.
Our communications and branding guidelines set out how a provider should display and promote its TEF ratings.
For some providers in England TEF is optional, or TEF does not apply to them because they do not offer undergraduate courses.
These ratings will last for four years, until the next TEF exercise.
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