We’re thrilled to announce that two Chichester educational institutions – Chichester College and the University of Chichester – have recently been awarded Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The Silver award recognises high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for students. Introduced only this year the TEF is designed to give students clear and understandable information about the best UK opportunities for learning and teaching.

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said: “Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential.

“The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.

“The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study.”

Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Longmore from the University of Chichester, who were recently named University of the Year for Student Retention by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, commented; “A Silver award is a significant step towards achieving our vision that, by 2020, the University of Chichester will be internationally recognised as a beacon of excellent practice for high quality, student-centred higher education.”

“It is particularly gratifying that the TEF panel acknowledged the ‘outstanding levels of student satisfaction with teaching and academic support’. This award recognises that we provide an environment in which high quality learning and teaching prepares students to succeed academically and thrive in a global economy. We are also justifiably proud that our excellent teaching opens the world of higher education for so many ‘non-traditional’ or disadvantaged university entrants.”

Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chichester College Principal, said: “To receive a Silver rating in the first TEF review is a great result for us. It is a direct reflection of the efforts and dedication of our staff, who regularly go above and beyond their duty to ensure our students receive an outstanding education.”

“We cover a huge range of HE courses, from performing arts to animal management, business to engineering – and many more subjects. This versatility, coupled with our Silver rating, will give future students more reasons to consider choosing Chichester College.”

The TEF awards were awarded by an independent panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives. They draw on national data and evidence submitted by each university or college to measure excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

The results and the underlying evidence will help students thinking about which university or college to apply to for autumn 2018, and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK.

Find further information on the TEF here. For details on Chichester College and the University of Chichester click on the respective links.