Myerscough College has achieved a prestigious silver award in a new assessment that highlights excellence in teaching and learning across higher education providers in the UK.
The award has been made by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in recognition of the quality provision in the College’s foundation degree, honours degree and masters study programmes. The TEF Panel judged that Myerscough delivers ‘high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, and it consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.’
This award is valid for up to three years. Myerscough College is one of only two specialist land-based providers in the north of the country to be recognised at this level.
The TEF report on Myerscough College goes on to say: ‘’Most students achieve excellent outcomes. Very high proportions of students from all backgrounds continue with their studies. There are very high levels of student satisfaction, with academic support and assessment and feedback, notably above the provider benchmark.’’
Other areas of excellence highlighted by the report include:
: Particular evidence of the consistent and frequent preparation of students for employment in their chosen field through the integration of Career Development, Business and Entrepreneurism and Professional Practice modules.
: A highly-valued culture of personalised learning, including small class sizes and high levels of tutor support, resulting in high levels of engagement and challenge for all students in order to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding.
: An institutional approach to developing high quality physical and digital resources which are frequently used by students, including a Livestock Innovation Centre, Sportsturf Technology unit, high-technology glasshouse, and a Motorcycle Race Technology workshop.
: A strategic commitment to staff development, including a comprehensive teaching observation scheme and the College-wide Golden Roses and student nominated MyStar staff awards.
Principal of Myerscough College, Ann Turner, said: ‘’Many congratulations to all those involved in the support and teaching areas for our HE provision.
‘’This is yet another good result for Myerscough and a reflection of the level of support, the student experience and the quality of our teaching.’’
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. This is the first year for these awards which are administered by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England).
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 college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.
Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said: “Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential.
‘’The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.
“The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study.”
A more detailed TEF report on Myerscough College can be read here: http://www.hefce.ac.uk/tefoutcomes/#/provider/10004478
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by Dave Salmon