Date of release: Thursday, June 22, 2017

TEFStudents at the University of Greenwich receive high quality levels of teaching, according to a new government ranking.

Greenwich emerged as a 'silver' university in the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which is a new system of assessment based on teaching. The government's panel of assessors found that Greenwich students "achieve excellent outcomes" and enjoy "high levels of student satisfaction" with the teaching they receive on degree programmes.

Overall, the TEF silver ranking is awarded to a university "that consistently facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching and learning".

The university's courses offer "high levels of stretch that ensure all students are significantly challenged", the assessment states.

Devised by the Department for Education, the TEF rankings give students clear information about where excellent teaching is on offer, and enable them to take their pick from gold, silver and bronze universities when they make applications.

Professor David Maguire, the university's Vice-Chancellor, says the outcome is an "endorsement" for Greenwich's talented and dedicated teaching staff. "We are ambitious for every student who joins us," he says. "We are determined that we deliver world-class teaching, set high standards and equip our students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to succeed in their careers. One of the things that distinguishes the University of Greenwich is the value we add to students who study here.

"Students share our passion to learn, improve and achieve, and we are seeing more of our graduates going on to rewarding employment or further study."

Professor Maguire adds: "I am incredibly proud of our work, which makes the University of Greenwich an internationally recognised institution of teaching excellence."

The TEF aims to ensure that all students ultimately receive an excellent teaching experience – one that encourages original thinking and prepares them for the world of work. Jo Johnson, the universities minister, remarked that, for the first time, teaching quality is being ranked on a par with research at UK universities.

In order to achieve its silver status, Greenwich had to demonstrate core excellence in a number of areas. These included 'personalised' teaching, a strong commitment to learning from its students, and a high-quality learning environment, including investment in buildings, facilities and digital resources. The university also had to demonstrate that its students were gaining skills and knowledge highly valued by employers.

For more on Greenwich's TEF silver rating: www.gre.ac.uk/tef

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