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TEF
Professor DV Bishop outlines the multiple flaws in the TEF methodology   In a previous post I questioned the rationale and validity of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). Here I document the technical and statistical problems with TEF.   How are statistics used in TEF? Two types of data are combined in...
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Struggling universities are cutting staff – and a survey reveals just how unpopular TEF is   More job cuts on cards unless tuition fee cap lifted, v-c warns Times Higher Education, 15/02/2019, Jack Grove A sector leader has warned that more leading UK universities will be forced to make significant job cuts if undergraduate tuition...
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The Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework represents a lamentable failure to engage in critical thinking, argues Professor DV Bishop   If you criticise the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), you run the risk of being dismissed as an idle, port-quaffing don, who dislikes teaching, is out-of-touch with students and resistant to any...
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This is your opportunity to provide input into the CDBU’s response to a “Call for Views”. The closing date for responses is 13 February. You can find out more about the consultation by looking at the background notes at the end of his document. Please put your response in an email addressed to: cdbumembership@gmail.com Alternatively...
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The marketisation of higher education combined with the government’s efforts to regulate it has led to the worst of both worlds, argues Professor Norman Gowar, former principal of Royal Holloway, University of London   Since I am long retired I cannot take part in the government’s survey on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) but here’s...
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Last week, the CDBU’s Professor Dorothy Bishop gave a terrific lecture looking at what metrics can offer in evaluating universities – and where they fail. If you were unlucky to miss it, here’s your chance to listen to the lecture. You can view the accompanying slides here.
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More discouraging news on Brexit, and UK universities’ ties to Saudi Arabia have come under scrutiny   Universities’ Saudi ties under scrutiny after Khashoggi killing Times Higher Education, 26/10/2018, Ellie Bothwell Western universities are under increasing pressure to reject funding from Saudi Arabia and terminate their partnerships with the country in the wake of the...
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Now that all the data used to inform TEF ratings is publicly available, argues Professor D V M Bishop, TEF itself becomes redundant   I have been vocal in my criticism of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF): its rationale is disingenuous, it is based on measures that manage to be simultaneously invalid and unreliable, and...
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The mental health of both academics and students comes under scrutiny, and a survey shows that most students don’t feel they are receiving value for money when it comes to teaching   Cardiff plans review after suicide of ‘overworked’ lecturer Times Higher Education, 08/06/2018, Rachael Pells Cardiff University has said that it will review the...
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Discussions about how to improve access for less advantaged students show no sign of abating – and subject-level TEF comes under attack from the Russell Group ‘Relax A-level grades for some medical students’ BBC, 24/05/2018, Katherine Sellgreen Academic entry requirements for medical degrees should be relaxed for students applying from the worst UK secondary schools,...
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