University of Westminster rated Bronze in the new Teaching Excellence Framework

The United Kingdom has one of the best higher education offerings in the world, ranked third in the U21 2017 Global Rankings. This is, in part, due to the quality measures put in place by the UK government that all UK universities adhere to.

In 2017 a new quality measurement, the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), was brought in to look specifically at teaching quality, the learning environment and student outcomes. The University of Westminster has been rated Bronze against the TEF measures, meaning that “based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Westminster delivers teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.”

The TEF judging panel also found particular evidence of:

  • our strategic approach and commitment to improving employment and entrepreneurship
  • our consistent support for students at risk of non-continuation through personal tutoring and attendance monitoring
  • an established culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching 

The TEF uses data gathered in the National Student Survey (NSS), the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey and from HESA, the experts in UK Higher Education Data to create the rating and since our TEF metrics were submitted at the start of the year we have achieved significant improvements in our DLHE results, seeing an 11 per cent rise in the proportion of employed full-time, first degree, UK graduates who are in professional or managerial-level employment. In the last two years we have seen the highest ever response rate to the NSS survey in our history.

We are in the process of updating our strategy for the future of the University, and delivering high-quality teaching and creating an outstanding student experience and outcomes for our students remains at the heart of our offering as an institution. Already in that process we have committed to the new assessment and feedback policy to guarantee that all students receive clear and timely feedback within 15 days of the assessment date, and have introduced personal academic tutors to support our students through their studies.

We will continue to work on enhancing our performance and are committed to delivering the best experience for our staff, and learning environment and outcomes for our students and the new TEF provides a framework to measure our success in improving these metrics.

Students already at Westminster can expect to enjoy a diverse and inclusive university community that is committed to providing you with the best learning experience, career support and development through our industry links and work experience placements and personal development through our study abroad and volunteering opportunities.

Westminster 2020 vision

The Westminster 2020 vision for the University includes a deep commitment to transforming the learning and teaching experience for students and staff. It states: "We will empower staff to create and support distinctive, innovative courses that address the needs of the modern mobile student."

Such needs include enhanced flexibility to enable students to make the most of the ever-changing opportunities they encounter. Our developments in learning and teaching will, therefore, support students in the development of transferable and interdisciplinary skills, their openness to life-long learning, their awareness of the attributes and opportunities that enhance their employability, and their commitment to social justice.

In order to address this vision, Learning Futures was instigated in 2012-13. This major change programme lasted until 2016 and focused on enhancing the undergraduate curriculum, developing cutting-edge learning environments, and providing opportunities for staff development and student engagement. Following these changes, the Westminster Student Experience sets out the key components of our students’ journey and the principles that will enable us to ensure students have the best possible experience while at Westminster.

Our commitment to high quality, forward-looking and relevant learning and teaching is underpinned by the University Learning and Teaching Strategy, which has been designed in consultation with staff and students to set out the University’s key priorities in areas such as use of technology and employability.

In order to ensure that we are at the leading edge of innovative, transformative and inspiring learning and teaching, we have created the Westminster Centre for Teaching Innovation (CTI). The mission of the CTI is to provide strategic academic leadership in learning and teaching and to offer a space for pedagogic reflection, development and innovation, which is research-informed, coherent, inclusive, intercultural, and relevant for the needs of today’s students, and which has a distinctive Westminster identity. The CTI will act as an incubator for staff and students to collaborate on creating the kind of unique learning opportunities that our students deserve.