Published: 6 June 2018

Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework 2018: University Awarded Silver

The University has been awarded a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

The Office for Students praised the University for the ‘excellent’ outcomes of its students, noting that Liverpool has high rates of continuation for full-time students. It also noted that student satisfaction levels for teaching, and assessment and feedback, as well as rates of progression to employment or further study, are consistent with the University’s benchmarks.

Great outcomes for graduates

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer, said: “This is fantastic news. Staff right across the University are working hard to deliver the best student experience and great outcomes for our graduates.  We will continue to invest in teaching and learning and put the student experience at the heart of everything we do. Ultimately, we are aiming for a Gold rating.”

Student representation

The University’s move from Bronze (in 2017) to Silver reflects a significant improvement in performance across five of the six TEF metrics, compared to 2017.

The TEF panel praised the University for its effective student representation that informs policy and strategic developments; its institutional culture that recognises and rewards excellence in teaching; its strategic investment in facilities to support student learning; and its comprehensive range of initiatives to enhance performance in highly skilled employment or further study.

TEF ratings are based on analysis of publicly available data about students’ experience of their time at University, as well as graduate outcomes and non-continuation rates. Universities are also assessed on a written submission, used to provide context about their performance and highlighting relevant strengths. Each institution is judged on performance against its own unique benchmarks, as opposed to a like-for-like comparison with other institutions.

Completion rates

Liverpool performs well in terms of the completion rates of its students with 96.2% of our full-time students completing their programme of study, placing the University in the top 10% of providers.

The University’s new Kickstart programme – which is part of its commitment to enhance the employability of its graduates – has led to a 3.6% increase in its Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DHLE) Highly Skilled Employment (HSE) metric. The University-sponsored programme enabled 100 graduates to undertake a 12-week internship earlier this year, giving them valuable real world work experience and helping many to secure their first job.

The University is ranked first in the Russell Group for recruiting students from state schools and from communities where participation in higher education is relatively low, reflecting our considerable focus on supporting social mobility.

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