Lancaster awarded Gold for outstanding teaching

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The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is new government scheme that highlights world-class teaching. As a proud recipient of a TEF Gold award, the University of Lancaster is recognised as offering the best standards of teaching in the UK.

How the TEF measures teaching excellence


An independent panel of academic experts, students and employers decides the level of each award. The panel makes their assessment based on evidence supplied by participating universities, and national data.

The TEF aims to help students make an informed choice about where to study in the UK by measuring excellence in three key areas:

  • Teaching quality
  • Learning environment
  • Education and professional outcomes of students

Why the University of Lancaster was awarded Gold

The TEF panel found that University of Lancaster students achieve “consistently outstanding outcomes”, with “very high proportions” progressing to work or further study. The panel also drew attention to “very high levels of satisfaction with academic support and student feedback”.

The University of Lancaster was also praised for:

  • making all students feel valued, supported and academically stretched
  • ensuring that all students acquire the knowledge and skills most highly valued by employers
  • a culture that emphasises teaching excellence alongside research
  • outstanding digital and physical resources
  • strong careers support that ensures outstanding employment outcomes for students.

Said the University of Lancaster’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mark E. Smith:

“The Gold award reflects our success in offering students a first class experience and underlines Lancaster’s distinctiveness in the UK in being a highly rated research intensive university which is also excellent at teaching.”

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