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Gold award for teaching excellence


Nottingham has been awarded gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework

We provide our students with teaching of the very highest quality, according to the results of the inaugural Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The TEF panel judged that the University of Nottingham delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students. We reached the gold standard – the highest quality found in the UK. 

Teaching of the highest quality 

The gold award reflects the huge amount of hard work to ensure that students get the best possible experience during their time at Nottingham. This includes excellent teaching and academic support, investment in world-class facilities and access to truly global opportunities. 

Underlining Nottingham's status as an outstanding teaching and research-intensive university, producing global graduates who are highly sought after by top employers, the gold rating comes on the back of recent data from the national Longitudinal Educational Outcomes study which found that our students are among some of the highest earners in the UK and progress in their careers faster than graduates from other universities.

The TEF panel noted that our students achieved "consistently outstanding outcomes", and that there were high levels of student satisfaction with teaching and academic support. The gold award also reflects:

  • evaluation of student feedback
  • the role of students as change agents
  • the level of contact time
  • an embedded culture of personalised learning 
  • exceptionally high student engagement with advanced technology-enhanced learning
  • focused, discipline-specific careers support
  • an institutional culture that rewards excellent teaching.

Thanks for your support

Thousands of alumni have played a crucial role in this outstanding award – by supporting the recruitment of world-class academics, volunteering as career speakers or eMentors, or giving to support the student experience. 

"My mentor was ideal for me," said student Laura. "He worked in a post-doc laboratory in Nottingham and has built up a very successful career. Thanks to Paul's support, I have a much stronger understanding of the industry and what I want to do."

A mark of confidence in Nottingham

"We're absolutely delighted that we have received a TEF Gold rating," said Professor Sarah O'Hara, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Experience. "It reflects the hard work and creativity of our teaching staff and support colleagues across our UK campuses. Every single one of them has contributed to this institutional award, and I want to thank them all."

"This is a real mark of confidence from HEFCE and the UK Government in the quality of our teaching and the support our students receive," added Dr Paul Greatrix, Registrar. ""From high quality careers advice and guidance to the consistently outstanding outcomes achieved by our students we have been recognised for the quality of support we provide. 

"Moreover, through our commitment to developing and using the most innovative learning technologies and high levels of student satisfaction, our institutional culture has been recognised as encouraging and rewarding excellent teaching."

For more information on the TEF process, visit the Teaching Excellence Framework website


Posted on Friday 30th June 2017

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