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    Leading UK universities rated 'bronze' under new ranking system

    Several leading universities have failed to score highly in a new ranking of degree teaching standards.
    The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has rated 295 institutions bronze, silver or gold according to their standard of undergraduate teaching.
    Gold went to 59 and silver to 116.
    The lowest score of bronze was awarded to 56 - including the London School of Economics (LSE), Southampton, Liverpool, Goldsmiths and the School of Oriental and African Studies (Soas).
    The new teaching rankings aim to help students make informed choices about degree courses, but many universities rated as bronze have criticised the system as unfair and unreliable.
    Drop-out rates
    The TEF, which was introduced by the previous government, is being administered by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce).
    Degree providers - a mixture of universities, colleges offering degree courses and alternative providers - could choose whether or not to take part.
    However, those awarded a bronze or higher - all institutions that took part, besides 64 who were given a provisional rating - are now set to be able to raise tuition fees, which currently stand at about 9,000, in line with inflation in 2018-19.

    Higher education providers are assessed on a range of measures, including facilities, student satisfaction, drop-out rates and whether students go on to employment or further study after graduating.
    It is based on data and not actual inspections of lectures or other teaching.
    Fourteen further education colleges that offer degrees received the top ranking of gold, alongside some elite universities.
    University grading system explained
    Differences between institutions, such as entry qualifications and subjects studied, were taken into account by an independent panel - made up of 27 academics, students, employers and experts in widening participation - which made the final awards.
    A gold award means a university is of the highest quality found in the UK, providing "consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students", while the silver award was given for consistently exceeding "rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education" and bronze was awarded to those that met these national requirements.
    The ranking of provisional is given to those institutions that do not yet have sufficient data to be fully assessed.
    Hefce said the rankings measured the issues that students cared about:
    high-quality, engaged teaching
    a supportive, stimulating learning environment
    having the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential
    the opportunity to progress to a good job or further study
    Madeleine Atkins, chief executive of Hefce, said students invested significant amounts of time and money in their higher education and "rightly expected a high-quality learning experience and outcomes".
    Prof Chris Husbands, who chairs the TEF assessment panel, said he hoped the TEF "provided clear and easily understandable ratings to be used alongside other information".
    He stressed that within individual awards, universities may have elements of others - for example a university awarded bronze could have elements of gold or silver.
    Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said the fact that some of the results "seemed surprising" suggested the TEF was working.
    "The TEF would have comprehensively failed if it had simply replicated existing hierarchies," he said.
    "It was always designed to do something different to other league tables and rankings - namely, to show where there are pockets of excellence that have been ignored and to encourage improvements elsewhere."
    But he added that students should remember the TEF did not "accurately reflects precisely what goes on in lecture halls".
    "I hope university applicants will use the results in their decision-making - but they should do so with caution, not least because the ratings are for whole universities rather than individual courses," he said.
    Sir Christopher Snowden, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton, which received a bronze award, said it was "hard to have confidence in a TEF which appears devoid of any meaningful assessment of teaching".

    "I know I am not alone in having deep concerns about its subjective assessment, its lack of transparency, and with different benchmarks for each institution removing any sense of equity and equality of assessment," he said.
    "Our own student satisfaction metrics, including satisfaction with teaching, are better than some of those universities who have been awarded silver and gold today."
    Southampton intends to appeal against its rating.
    Dr Deborah Johnston, pro-director of Soas, said she was concerned that the TEF did not "accurately reflect what we do".
    "There is clearly also a London effect, with one in three London institutions achieving bronze, compared to just one in eight outside London.
    "The metrics were not benchmarked for London, when we believe there was a significant difference for London institutions, for example in relation to retention rates due to costs of living."
    In a statement, the University of Liverpool said it was disappointing to receive a bronze rating, but added that the TEF was "not an absolute measure of quality".
    "By other widely recognised rankings, the University of Liverpool is consistently named in the top 200 universities globally," it said.
    "Nonetheless, we're committed to improving against the measures used in the TEF."
    Patrick Loughrey, warden of Goldsmiths said the TEF rating showed "we must improve in a number of areas to ensure our students have the best possible experience during their time here".
    "We are already working hard to do this, and look forward to meeting these challenges together over the coming months and years" he said.
    Interim director of the LSE, Prof Julia Black, said there were limits to the measures the TEF used, but added: "We recognise that we have work to do, but we are confident that the education initiatives that we have under way will lead to improvements for our students."

    FULL LIST OF UNIVERSITIES
    HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTION TEF RANKING
    University of Abertay Dundee Silver
    ABI College Limited Provisional
    Abingdon and Witney College Silver
    The Academy of Contemporary Music Limited Provisional
    Access to Music Limited Provisional
    Accrington and Rossendale College Bronze
    Activate Learning Silver
    ALRA Provisional
    Amersham & Wycombe College Bronze
    Anglia Ruskin University Silver
    Anglo-European College of Chiropractic Silver
    Architectural Association (Incorporated) Provisional
    The Arts University Bournemouth Gold
    University of the Arts, London Silver
    Askham Bryan College Bronze
    Assemblies of God Incorporated Provisional
    Aston University Gold
    Aylesbury College Bronze
    Bangor University Gold
    The University of Bath Gold
    Bath Spa University Silver
    University of Bedfordshire Silver
    BIMM Limited Provisional
    Birkbeck College Silver
    The University of Birmingham Gold
    University College Birmingham Silver
    Birmingham City University Silver
    Bishop Burton College Bronze
    Bishop Grosseteste University Gold
    Blackburn College Bronze
    Blackpool and the Fylde College Gold
    BMC (Brooksby Melton College) Bronze
    The University of Bolton Silver
    Bournemouth University Silver
    Bournville College Provisional
    BPP University Limited Bronze
    The University of Bradford Silver
    Bradford College Bronze
    University of Brighton Silver
    University of Bristol Silver
    Bristol Baptist College Provisional
    Brit College Limited Provisional
    The British School of Osteopathy Bronze
    Brunel University London Silver
    The University of Buckingham Gold
    Buckinghamshire New University Bronze
    Calderdale College Silver
    University of Cambridge Gold
    Cambridge Regional College Bronze
    Canterbury Christ Church University Silver
    Canterbury College Silver
    Cardiff Metropolitan University Silver
    Cardiff University Silver
    Cardinal Newman College Provisional
    University of Central Lancashire Silver
    University of Chester Silver
    The University of Chichester Silver
    Chichester College Silver
    The Chicken Shed Theatre Trust Silver
    Cirencester College Provisional
    City and Guilds of London Art School Limited Provisional
    City College Plymouth Gold
    City of Bristol College Silver
    The City of Liverpool College Gold
    City, University of London Silver
    Cleveland College of Art and Design Gold
    Colchester Institute Silver
    The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama Gold
    Cornwall College Silver
    Courtauld Institute of Art Silver
    Coventry University Gold
    University for the Creative Arts Silver
    Croydon College Provisional
    The University of Cumbria Bronze
    CWR Provisional
    Darlington College Silver
    De Montfort University Gold
    University of Derby Gold
    Doncaster College Bronze
    University of Dundee Gold
    University of Durham Silver
    Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College Provisional
    The University of East Anglia Silver
    East Durham College Silver
    East End Computing & Business College Limited Provisional
    East Kent College Provisional
    University of East London Bronze
    East Riding College Bronze
    Edge Hill University Gold
    The Edward James Foundation Limited Provisional
    The University of Essex Gold
    University College of Estate Management Provisional
    University of Exeter Gold
    Exeter College Gold
    Fairfield School of Business Ltd Provisional
    Falmouth University Gold
    Fareham College Provisional
    Farnborough College of Technology Bronze
    Furness College Silver
    Futureworks Training Limited Provisional
    Gateshead College Silver
    University of Gloucestershire Silver
    Goldsmiths College Bronze
    Grafton College Limited Provisional
    Greater Brighton Metropolitan College Silver
    University of Greenwich Silver
    Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education Bronze
    Guildhall School of Music & Drama Silver
    Hadlow College Bronze
    Halesowen College Silver
    Harper Adams University Gold
    Hartlepool College of Further Education Silver
    Hartpury College Gold
    Heart of Worcestershire College Silver
    Hereford College of Arts Silver
    Heriot-Watt University Silver
    Hertford Regional College Silver
    University of Hertfordshire Silver
    Highbury College Portsmouth Bronze
    Holy Cross College Provisional
    Hopwood Hall College Bronze
    The University of Huddersfield Gold
    Hugh Baird College Gold
    The University of Hull Silver
    Hull College Bronze
    Hy Education Limited Provisional
    ICMP Management Limited Provisional
    Imperial College London Gold
    Kaplan Open Learning (Essex) Limited Silver
    University of Keele Gold
    Kensington Education Foundation Limited Provisional
    The University of Kent Gold
    The Kingham Hill Trust Provisional
    King's College London Silver
    Kingston College Silver
    Kingston Maurward College Bronze
    Kingston University Bronze
    Kirklees College Silver
    KLC Limited Provisional
    The University of Lancaster Gold
    The University of Law Limited Gold
    The University of Leeds Gold
    Leeds Beckett University Silver
    Leeds City College Bronze
    Leeds College of Art Silver
    Leeds Trinity University Silver
    The University of Leicester Silver
    Leicester College Gold
    University of Lincoln Gold
    Lincoln College Silver
    The University of Liverpool Bronze
    Liverpool Hope University Gold
    The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts Gold
    Liverpool John Moores University Silver
    University College London Silver
    London Bridge Business Academy Limited Provisional
    London College of Creative Media Limited Provisional
    The London Institute of Banking & Finance Provisional
    London Metropolitan University Bronze
    London School of Business and Management Limited Provisional
    The London School of Economics and Political Science Bronze
    London School of Management Education Limited Provisional
    London School of Science & Technology Limited Provisional
    London School of Theology Provisional
    London South Bank University Silver
    London Studio Centre Limited Silver
    Loughborough College Silver
    Loughborough University Gold
    Luther King House Educational Trust Provisional
    Macclesfield College Provisional
    The University of Manchester Silver
    LTE Group Silver
    Manchester Metropolitan University Silver
    Met Film School Limited Provisional
    Middlesbrough College Gold
    Middlesex University Silver
    Milton Keynes College Bronze
    Moorlands College Provisional
    Myerscough College Silver
    Nazarene Theological College Provisional
    NCG Silver
    Neath Port Talbot College Silver
    Nelson College London Limited Provisional
    New College Durham Bronze
    New College Stamford Silver
    Newbury College Provisional
    University of Newcastle upon Tyne Gold
    Newham College of Further Education Provisional
    Newman University Silver
    Norland College Limited Provisional
    North East Surrey College of Technology Bronze
    North Hertfordshire College Silver
    North Lindsey College Silver
    North West Regional College Provisional
    The University of Northampton Gold
    Northampton College Silver
    Northern College of Acupuncture Provisional
    Northumberland College Bronze
    University of Northumbria at Newcastle Silver
    Norwich University of the Arts Gold
    The University of Nottingham Gold
    Nottingham Trent University Gold
    Oaklands College Silver
    The School of Oriental and African Studies Bronze
    University of Oxford Gold
    Oxford Brookes University Silver
    Oxford Business College UK Limited Provisional
    Pearson College Limited Provisional
    Petroc Silver
    Plumpton College Bronze
    University of Plymouth Bronze
    Plymouth College of Art Bronze
    Point Blank Limited Provisional
    University of Portsmouth Gold
    Preston College Bronze
    Queen Mary University of London Silver
    The Queen's Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education Provisional
    Ravensbourne Silver
    The University of Reading Silver
    Reaseheath College Bronze
    Redcar & Cleveland College Silver
    RNN Group Silver
    The Robert Gordon University Gold
    Roehampton University Bronze
    Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance Gold
    The Royal Academy of Music Gold
    The Royal Agricultural University Silver
    The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama Gold
    Royal College of Music Gold
    Royal Holloway, University of London Silver
    Royal Northern College of Music Gold
    The Royal Veterinary College Gold
    RTC Education Ltd Provisional
    SAE Education Limited Provisional
    The University of Salford Bronze
    Salford City College Bronze
    The Salvation Army Provisional
    Selby College Silver
    The University of Sheffield Silver
    Sheffield Hallam University Silver
    Solihull College and University Centre Gold
    South & City College Birmingham Silver
    South Devon College Gold
    South Tyneside College Silver
    South West College Provisional
    University of Southampton Bronze
    Southampton Solent University Bronze
    Southport College Bronze
    Sparsholt College Silver
    Spurgeon's College Provisional
    University of St Andrews Gold
    University of St Mark & St John Silver
    St Mary's University, Twickenham Silver
    St. George's, University of London Bronze
    Staffordshire University Silver
    Stockton Riverside College Silver
    Stratford College London Limited Provisional
    Strode College Silver
    University of Suffolk Bronze
    University of Sunderland Silver
    Sunderland College Silver
    The University of Surrey Gold
    University of Sussex Silver
    Sussex Coast College Hastings Provisional
    Sussex Downs College Silver
    Swansea University Silver
    Teesside University Silver
    Tertiary Education Services Limited Provisional
    Tresham College of Further and Higher Education Provisional
    Trinity College (Bristol) Limited Provisional
    Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Bronze
    Truro and Penwith College Gold
    Tyne Metropolitan College Bronze
    UCK Limited Provisional
    UK College of Business and Computing Ltd Provisional
    Wakefield College Silver
    University of Wales Trinity Saint David Bronze
    The University of Warwick Silver
    Warwickshire College Bronze
    West Herts College Gold
    West Kent and Ashford College Silver
    The University of West London Silver
    University of the West of England, Bristol Silver
    The University of Westminster Bronze
    Weston College of Further and Higher Education Gold
    Wigan and Leigh College Silver
    Wiltshire College Bronze
    University of Winchester Silver
    University of Wolverhampton Bronze
    University of Worcester Silver
    Wrexham Glyndwr University Silver
    Writtle University College Bronze
    University of York Silver
    York College Silver
    York St John University Bronze

    Leading universities rated 'bronze' under new ranking system - BBC News

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    University of Wolverhampton Bronze


    Probably just for having the pluck to take part.


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