Double Gold for Lincolnshire’s Two Universities in National Teaching Quality Assessment

Lincolnshire’s two universities have both been given the highest rating possible in a new national assessment of the quality of teaching, learning and student achievement in UK higher education.

Both Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Lincoln were awarded a Gold rating by a panel of independent experts in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). 

The TEF was introduced by the Government to build a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK’s world-class higher education sector. Local business leaders have today welcomed the Gold awards for the county’s two universities.

Ursula Lidbetter MBE, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, stated: “To have both universities in the county rated as gold is truly outstanding and an indication of the quality of experience students can expect when coming to study in Lincolnshire.

“I’d like to commend both institutions for their dedication to ensuring that students receive a first class education and the contribution each institution makes to improving the life chances of our young people and the economic prosperity of the county.”

Lincolnshire’s two universities are among only 26% of higher education providers from across the whole of the UK to be awarded a Gold rating.

The TEF Panel judged that both Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Lincoln deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students. In their written summaries, they said the University of Lincoln showed “a comprehensive and embedded approach to student engagement that provides opportunities for students and staff to work closely together” and commended on the “outstanding physical and digital resources which pervade all aspects of student experience, including state-of-the-art teaching spaces”.

The Panel praised BGU as a university where “employability and enterprise skills are embedded throughout the student experience, enabling students to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that are most highly valued by employers.”

Fantastic news for the city

Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). We already pride ourselves on the education, experiences and opportunities we offer our students. Our TEF Gold award is further evidence of our exciting teaching, great support for students and excellent employment outcomes. It is testament to the talents and endeavours not just of our teaching staff but of everyone who makes up our academic community, including our students who so enthusiastically embrace the opportunities and challenges presented to them.”

She added: “It is fantastic news for Lincoln that both the city’s universities have been awarded Gold in the TEF. It shows that people across the region are benefiting from the life-changing opportunities that higher education can bring and also puts Lincoln firmly on the map as a top destination for students from across the UK and overseas.”

The Vice Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University, the Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil, commenting on the TEF outcome, said: “To be judged to be in the top 26% of higher education providers across the whole country is confirmation of the quality of the education our students receive at BGU. It is also evidence that students who come to BGU are very likely to complete their studies successfully and to gain employment in the shortest possible time following graduation. We’re also pleased to see our investment in new teaching resources recognised– as evidenced by our fantastic new building that can be seen from the roundabout.

“This is excellent news for students coming to Lincoln that both universities are offering a gold standard teaching and learning experience.  The city is privileged to have such high quality institutions to offer. I have always been confident that we offer a gold standard experience to our students. However to receive this external judgment at national level by the panel of experts is very pleasing indeed.”

The TEF aims to help better inform students’ choices about what and where to study, raise the esteem of teaching, recognise and reward excellent teaching and better meet the needs of employers, business, industry and the professions. Outcomes were published today (22nd June 2017) for almost 300 education providers by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.