Feedback from June 2017 and Building Best Practice

Key practical takeaway points for delegates to consider from case studies from June 2017 and identifying common trends that are crucial to successful gradings.

Student Experience and the Learning Environment

With the use of case studies, discussions will focus on how to build sound support structures in delivering for students, from digital resources to staff interaction. Particular attention will also be paid to the emphasis placed by the government on measuring teaching intensity and bespoke services.

Subject-level Considerations

With the introduction of subject level assessments and the pilots under way, discussions will provide an opportunity for delegates to analyse the existing framework for assessment, potential refinements and prepare systematically to feedback into course design, before its full implementation.

Student Outcomes and Learning Gain

Attendees will examine how outcomes and learning gain can be measured most effectively and provide an opportunity for course design to adapt accordingly. Time will also be allocated to discuss the importance of partnership working and building stronger feedback mechanisms, including between career services and subject departments.


08:30 - 09:00
Coffee and Registration


09:00 - 09:05
Chair's Welcoming Remarks


09:05 - 09:35
Keynote Address



Dr Graeme Rosenberg Teaching Excellence Framework Manager, HEFCE

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09:35 - 10:15
Feedback from June 2017 and Building Best Practice

  • What are the lesson learnt from the June 2017 results?
  • Does the TEF have any methodological and credibility concerns?
  • How can these concerns be addressed by changes to the framework, as well as possible changes of approach from institutional staff?
  • How can concerns raised by university staff and academics be effectively addressed?

10:15 - 11:10
Student Experience and the Learning Environment

  • With recent trends suggesting the learning environment criteria to be a key determinant of the broader teaching excellence assessment score, what strategies can be employed in this particular area?
  • Does the introduction of a teaching intensity measure accurately reflect teaching quality?
  • With personalised learning being crucial to the learning environment criteria and the TEF more broadly, how can universities provide a more bespoke and individualised service in a time of finite resources?
  • What policies can be implemented to ensure students receive the most personalised learning?
  • Do the considerable variations in student satisfaction rates between domestic and international students provide avenues to focus attention?
  • The need for understanding the student perspective and having a strong complaints resolution system in place.

11:10 - 11:15
Closing Remarks


11:15 - 11:30
Networking Refreshment Break


11:30 - 11:35
Chair's Opening Remarks


11:35 - 12:15
Subject Level Considerations

  • Does the existing framework being used for measuring performance at subject-level capture the wide range of diversity at play across subjects?
  • What refinements could the subject-level assessment benefit from?
  • How can strong career considerations be embedded into all course disciplines to ensure employability and transferrable skills are being met for students?
  • How can further synergy be built between existing pedological programmes for staff members at departments that can also align with TEF considerations and priorities too?

12:15 - 12:55
Student Outcomes and Learning Gain

  • Is there a clear consensus on measuring student outcomes and learning gain? Are the existing indicators accurate measures of success? What refinements can be made?
  • How can departmental leads and careers services maximise partnership working to help ensure the employability and transferrable skills of students are being met?
  • What strategies need to be considered in ensuring positive outcomes are achieved for all outcomes, particularly for those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds and across a different mix of students?
  • How do you ensure you have strong feedback loops and internal systems for monitoring outcome data to improve course design as a way to improve learning gain.

12:55 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks




Dr Graeme Rosenberg Teaching Excellence Framework Manager, HEFCE

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