About the University of Leicester

Teaching Excellence Framework

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) has been introduced by the government to recognise and reward high quality teaching in higher education. The purpose of this new framework is to provide students with clear information about which of England’s universities are providing good quality teaching.

At the University of Leicester, we are proud to be renowned for our teaching, research and broadening access to higher education. Our submission to the TEF, demonstrates comprehensive evidence of our passion for providing our students with an excellent experience, as evidenced by the following data:

  • 87% of our students say their course has challenged them to produce their best work
  • 89% of our students find their course ‘intellectually’ stimulating, placing us well ahead of the sector average and in the top 20% of institutions nationally
  • Our students receive an average of 15.6 contact hours per week during term-time, compared to an average of 13.5 hours for the sector as a whole
  • Currently, 55% of our staff have a teaching qualification (ATQ), which is higher than the sector average of 44%
  • We successfully graduate 3,100-3,200 undergraduates every year and the proportion of students achieving a first or upper second class degree has remained constant at around 75% for the last four years

Universities have been judged on a number of factors, with the TEF taking into account graduate employment, student retention, student satisfaction, subject mix, entry qualifications and ethnicity, with each institution receiving a gold, silver or bronze rating.

"We are committed to giving our graduates that extra dimension – a degree from a leading institution coupled with an inquisitiveness and sharpness of mind to ensure they continue to excel."
- President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Boyle CBE.

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