Lincoln achieves gold award in new Teaching Excellence Framework

Students work in a University of Lincoln lab.

What is TEF?

The UK Government introduced the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) to:

  • help students make the best choices about what and where to study
  • increase respect for teaching
  • recognise and reward excellent teaching
  • better meet the needs of employers.

How are the universities assessed?

Assessment criteria includes teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes. The TEF Panel considers national data as well as written evidence from universities and colleges. The metrics cover student satisfaction, retention and employment outcomes.

What does a TEF gold award mean?

The TEF Panel concluded that, “… the University of Lincoln delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK."

The Panel said there was evidence that, "students from all backgrounds… achieve outstanding outcomes". They mentioned the “outstanding physical and digital resources… including state-of-the-art teaching spaces”.

The University also received praise for its approach to personalised learning through its personal tutor system and student progress monitoring.

Vice Chancellor, University of Lincoln, Professor Mary Stuart said, "Our TEF Gold award is further evidence of our exciting teaching, great support for students and excellent employment outcomes.”

Find out more about the International Foundation Year and International Year One, leading to the University of Lincoln – a TEF gold award-winning university.