Teaching & Learning


Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

UCL received a Silver in the first year of Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) awards in 2017. The TEF is being redeveloped by the Office for Students and the next submission is provisionally planned for 2022.

TEF status not to be used in promotional material from September 2021.

Current TEF awards will remain in place until 2023 but are increasingly out of date for promotional purposes. Colleagues are advised by the OfS to begin removing UCL’s TEF award status from your marketing materials and to stop using it entirely in September 2021. 

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced in 2016 by the UK Government ‘to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching’ in higher education.

In 2017, its first year of operation, each participating university submitting an evidenced narrative of teaching and learning activities to the TEF Panel, alongside with institution wide data already collected (such as NSS results, student retention and student outcomes).  

UCL is now preparing for the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) exercise in 2019-20, when we expect that the quality of our teaching and learning will be assessed at subject level.

TEF awards reflect how well an institution is performing against expectations for their student intake. UCL recruits talented and high performing students and it seeks to create an environment for the most challenging and fulfilling university education. UCL is notable for the strong results achieved by its students and for its excellent track record of supporting them into highly skilled employment. 

The process is managed by UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Education & Student Experience)

Our mission, outlined in our institutional strategy, UCL 2034, puts education on a par with research. That is why we support the fundamental idea behind the TEF, promoting and recognising excellent teaching and learning. We look forward to working with HEFCE to develop the framework into a robust and reliable measure of quality that helps prospective students to make informed choices about which university will be right for them." President & Provost Professor Michael Arthur
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Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) frequently asked questions and answers.

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What our students say about their UCL education

News stories, case studies and quotes from current and former learners.

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TEF 2017: UCL narrative submission

Read the impressive portrait of UCL teaching and learning submitted to TEF 2017.

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TEF 2017 outcomes

TEF 2017: UCL’s award and statement of findings.

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TEF 2017 press release

UCL response to the TEF 2017 outcome.

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UCL Education Strategy 2016-21

UCL's five-year strategy sets out plans which will determine future TEF outcomes.