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University of Hertfordshire awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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The University of Hertfordshire has achieved the top gold ranking in the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework! This is a great achievement and we will continue to work with the University to ensure that teaching is is of an excellent standard.


This award was made in June 2018 and is valid for up to 3 years.


The TEF Panel reviewed the provider metrics and provider submission according to the process and criteria specified in the TEF guidance. The provider metrics supplemented by the submission indicate that students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes. In particular, the Panel noted that full-time student rates of progression to employment, highly skilled employment or further study are above the provider’s benchmark. Continuation rates are consistent with the provider’s benchmark. Student satisfaction levels for teaching and academic support are also consistent with the provider’s benchmark, although satisfaction with assessment and feedback is below benchmark. The Panel judged this was fully addressed in the submission.


The Panel considered the University's submission and supplementary metrics in relation to the TEF criteria. Its judgement reflects, in particular, evidence of:

• a strong emphasis on work-based learning, entrepreneurship and enterprise supported by the Careers and Employment Service

• the embedding of employability and transferable skills into the curriculum with links to extra and co-curricular activities as part of the “Go Herts Awards” that lead to professionally accredited qualifications

• an institutional culture where curricula are informed by vocationally informed pedagogy supported by the university’s Educational Research Network, including the use of in-house journals

• high levels of investment in physical and digital resources accessible to all students

• an extensive widening participation agenda with high quality support through personalised learning

• an institutional commitment to engaging students as partners in teaching and learning, offering extensive opportunities outside traditional learning environments.


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