Silver for teaching excellence
Thursday 22 June 2017
Canterbury Christ Church University has received a prestigious Silver rating for teaching excellence, ‘exceeding’ national quality requirements for UK universities.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) awarded the University Silver because it ‘consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education’ and delivers ‘high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students’.
The award highlights the University’s core mission to provide excellence in higher education: transforming individuals, creating knowledge, enriching communities and building a sustainable future.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Rama Thirunamachandran said: “We are delighted that the TEF panel has rated our undergraduate teaching as Silver. This reflects our strong commitment to ensuring students of all abilities, from all backgrounds, succeed and reach their full potential.
“Christ Church has a long and proud history of providing education that makes a real difference to people’s lives, from the thousands of students who choose to study with us to the communities we work with to improve the economic, social and cultural prosperity of the region. This award is significant recognition of our teaching impact and strengths.”
According to the Panel’s statement of findings, Christ Church students ‘achieve excellent outcomes in employment or further study’ and the University was able to demonstrate ‘high levels of student satisfaction’. The Panel highlighted the following*:
- students from disadvantaged backgrounds, ethnic minority backgrounds and those with disabilities, showing strong learning gain in terms of long term employment outcomes, and disadvantaged students achieving good degrees at the same rate as other students
- students and staff working in partnership on projects, including working with the Students' Union in engaging students and rewarding excellent teaching
- academic and peer support systems which are in place for students
- high levels of student engagement and commitment to learning and study as exemplified by students and staff working as partners on projects
- high quality physical and digital resources are used by students to enhance learning, as evidenced by the strategic approach to resource allocation with significant investments in physical and e-resources.
The quality of the University’s teaching was demonstrated across a wide range of areas in the University’s submission, including the social mobility of its graduates, investment in qualified teaching staff and its dynamic links with industry to support strong graduate skills:
- in the UK top 20 for the percentage of teaching qualified staff (HEFCE 2014/15 Staff Record) in addition to their other academic and professional qualifications
- improved social mobility for our graduates: 82% of our graduates from less advantaged backgrounds moved up to the top socio-economic groups within six months of finishing their studies
- 9 out of 10 of our employed graduates were in graduate-level jobs 3 ½ years after finishing their studies – higher than the national average.
- excellent links with industry, producing graduates who are highly valued by employers.
The University’s submission to the TEF can be found here: www.canterbury.ac.uk/about-TEF
The TEF is a new scheme for recognising excellent teaching, in addition to existing national quality requirements for universities, colleges and other higher education providers. It provides information to help prospective students choose where to study.
The TEF, developed by the Department for Education, is voluntary and each higher education provider decides whether or not to take part.
TEF awards are listed here: www.hefce.ac.uk
*The statement of findings is taken from the HEFCE website.
Notes to editors
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With 17,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 96% of our UK undergraduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2014/15 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey