Teaching & Learning


Current TEF status not to be used in marketing materials from September

15 June 2021

The Office for Students (OfS) advises against using increasingly out of date Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) awards in marketing or promotional materials.

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Current TEF awards will remain in place until 2023 but are increasingly out of date for promotional purposes. OFS advises against using our Silver TEF status in promotional materials or marketing to students after the 2021 application cycle.

Colleagues are asked to begin removing UCL’s TEF award status from your marketing materials and to stop using it entirely in September 2021.

UCL received a Silver in the first year of Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) awards in 2017. All current TEF awards had been due to expire in summer 2021, with the expectation that awards would be granted under a new scheme in 2021. The OFS now expects awards within the future scheme to be granted in 2023. Existing awards will be extended until the publication of the outcomes of the next TEF scheme. However, OfS states they should not be used to inform student choice.

Current TEF awards will be removed from the Discover Uni website and UCAS course pages and a note will be added to the existing awards on the OfS website, explaining their historical nature.

Revised TEF branding guidelines will be available on the OfS website on 22 June.

New TEF scheme expected in 2023

Ofs are currently developing proposals for a new Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) scheme. The proposals will take account of the recommendations in Dame Shirley Pearce’s independent review of the TEF, the government’s response to it and the findings of the subject-level TEF pilots.

They expect to publish an update on their proposals later in the summer and consult on them in autumn 2021, alongside a consultation on a revised approach to regulating student outcomes.

The provisional timeline for the revised TEF scheme would see the submission window open by summer 2022 and the outcomes announced in early 2023.

Related content

Dame Shirley Pearce, who led the independent review of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF), delivered a keynote on The Future of TEF at this year's UCL Education Conference. See her slides.