New College Durham achieves silver standard in the Teaching Excellence Framework

The Teaching Excellence Student Outcomes Framework (TESoF) more commonly known as TEF was introduced to recognise high quality teaching in higher education and to enable prospective students to make an informed choice of their preferred institution. 

The TEF awards are assessed by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. The Silver rating demonstrates the high levels of teaching and learning within New College Durham and reflects the positive experience and outcomes our students from all backgrounds achieve.

John Widdowson, Principal and Chief Executive of New College Durham, said: “I am delighted by the result and in particular some of the feedback from the panel which highlighted high levels of student engagement in both the academic decision making process and curriculum design. In addition, we received very positive feedback regarding the College’s ability to offer a personalised approach to learning through small class sizes and regular individual tutorials. These are aspects that we as a college take very seriously. They are what separates us as a provider from other bigger institutions and we know they are some of the reasons why our students choose to study with us. To have this highlighted in the feedback was fantastic.”

New College Durham offers an excellent environment for higher education study. The College has over 50 different foundation degrees, honours degrees and professional qualifications in a dynamic range of subject areas, such as Social Work, Podiatry and Accountancy. They offer a mix of part and full-time study to suit students’ needs.

Mo Dixon, Vice Principal of Higher Education and Inclusion, commented: “We pride ourselves on putting our students first to ensure they have a positive experience and reach their career goals. To achieve Silver confirms how successful we are at this. It was fantastic to see positive feedback from the panel about how we ensure our students develop their employability skills through working with local employers and professional bodies that are highly valued by employers.”

Robbie Pick, Students’ Union President, said: “Key to the TEF is student satisfaction and engagement. As SU president, I work really closely with the College to ensure the student voice is heard. The College is always willing to listen and wants to hear the views of students. The feedback from the panel demonstrates just how important these areas are to the College.”

In addition to the College-level TEF, New College Durham was one of the only colleges in the country to be selected to participate in the pilot for the forthcoming subject level TEF. The outcomes are confidential but Mo Dixon commented: “It was a great experience to be one of the selected HE providers to participate and we look forward to subject level TEF being introduced in 2020.”