Both Lincoln universities have been given the highest rating possible in a new national assessment of the quality of teaching, learning and student achievement in UK higher education.
Both Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Lincoln were awarded a ‘Gold’ rating by a panel of independent experts in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
The TEF was introduced by the government to build a new picture of excellence in teaching and learning in UK’s higher education sector.
Lincoln’s two universities are among only 26% of higher education providers from across the whole of the UK to be awarded a ‘Gold’ rating.
The TEF Panel judged that both Bishop Grosseteste University and the University of Lincoln deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for students.
In their written summaries, they said the University of Lincoln showed “a comprehensive and embedded approach to student engagement that provides opportunities for students and staff to work closely together”.
The panel also praised BGU as a university where “employability and enterprise skills are embedded throughout the student experience, enabling students to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that are most highly valued by employers.”
Professor Mary Stuart, Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded ‘Gold’ in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
“We already pride ourselves on the education, experiences and opportunities we offer our students. Our TEF Gold award is further evidence of our exciting teaching, great support for students and excellent employment outcomes.”
The Vice Chancellor of Bishop Grosseteste University, the Reverend Canon Professor Peter Neil, commenting on the TEF outcome, said: “To be judged to be in the top 26% of higher education providers across the whole country is confirmation of the quality of the education our students receive at BGU.
“This is excellent news for students coming to Lincoln that both universities are offering a gold standard teaching and learning experience.”
Within this new national assessment, Lincoln College achieved ‘Silver’ and Bishop Burton College achieved ‘Bronze’.