Teaching Excellence Framework Award

The Teaching Excellence Framework provides a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK higher education. The results and the underlying evidence will help students thinking about which university or University to apply for, and encourage teaching and learning excellence across the UK.

TEF Silver Award

Leeds Arts University has gained the TEF Silver Award. The award is valid for three years.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Leeds Arts University delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

The findings of the TEF Panel below are taken from the HEFCE website:

The TEF Panel reviewed the provider metrics and provider submission according to the process and criteria specified in the TEF guidance.

The provider metrics supplemented by the submission indicate that very high proportions of students from most backgrounds achieve excellent outcomes notably exceeding the benchmark for non-continuation. Very high proportions of students progress to employment and highly skilled employment or further study. The metrics indicate very high levels of student satisfaction with teaching, assessment and feedback, and academic support.

The Panel considered the submission in relation to the TEF criteria and its judgement reflects, in particular, additional evidence of:

  • The development of strategies that deliver excellent outcomes in the areas of teaching quality and retention
  • Effective outreach and widening participation activities that have been implemented with bursaries to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Highly valued student support services with dedicated advice for mature students and those with disabilities
  • A significant number of teaching staff that are practising artists or designers, further enhancing student exposure to the creative industries
  • Staff membership of peer and professional networks and national sector bodies which consistently impacts on student learning

Overall, the TEF Panel judged that the combination of evidence in the provider metrics and the provider submission best fits the descriptor for a Silver award.


The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.

Universities, Universitys and alternative providers of higher education voluntarily took part in the TEF. Each provider was rated Gold, Silver or Bronze, or received a Provisional award where there was not enough data for a full assessment.

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

The TEF measures teaching excellence in three key areas:

Teaching quality
Teaching that stimulates and challenges students, and maximises their engagement with their studies

Learning environment
The effectiveness of resources and activities (such as libraries, laboratories and work experience) which support learning and improve retention, progression and attainment.

Student outcomes
The extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Read more about the TEF Student Guide and HEFCE website.