A further fifty TEF ratings awarded

The Office for Students (OfS) has published a further 50 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) ratings of universities and colleges whose ratings were previously pending.

These higher education providers had made representations to the OfS about their ratings. Following careful consideration by the TEF panel, five universities and colleges have received a gold rating. Twenty five have been rated silver and 19 have been rated bronze.

The ratings, which are awarded by a TEF panel of independent academic experts and students, are designed to identify excellent undergraduate teaching and student outcomes and help prospective students to choose their courses.

In addition to the new ratings being published today, submissions and panel summaries have been published for 17 more university and colleges that received their final ratings in September.

Jean Arnold, Deputy Director of Quality for the OfS, said:

‘The 50 TEF ratings published today continue to demonstrate that excellence is found across England’s diverse higher education sector. They will also help guide prospective students in their search for universities and colleges providing excellent teaching.

‘The representations process – which allows universities and colleges to comment on the panel’s assessment – is important and thorough, and the TEF panel has examined representations and all available evidence before reaching its conclusions. These universities and colleges will now be able to promote their TEF award and consider how they can continue to ensure that their students receive excellent teaching and successful outcomes.’

For further information contact 0117 905 7676 or [email protected]


Read the ratings


  1. The Office for Students is the independent regulator for higher education in England. Our aim is to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers.
  2. The total number of universities and colleges that have now been awarded each rating is available on our website.
Published 18 December 2023

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