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“We plan to appeal.” Why it’s time to scrap the Teaching Excellence Framework for universities

Universities are gaming a system which measures the wrong things in the first place. But what to replace it with?

By Benjamin Sladden  

Photo: David Cheskin/PA Archive/PA Images

Picture the scenes last month in the offices of senior university administrators up and down the country. Tense minutes of refreshing pages and gazing into screens, staring back at their reflections and seeing their own faces set with anticipation. “What will it be? Gold, silver, or bronze?”

The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework—ostensibly a means of evaluating the quality of teaching in higher education—were being keenly awaited.

And then, as the emails came through and mobiles vibrated, the reality was with us.…

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