Press release

MillionPlus comments on first Teaching Excellence Framework

22 Jun 2017

MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities, has commented on the first Teaching Excellence Framework published today (22 June).

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, said:

“Students at the UK’s modern universities can be assured of high quality teaching wherever and whatever they study. The Teaching Excellence Framework was introduced by Ministers on an incredibly short time-scale so these first results will no doubt raise questions that will need to be considered in any future iterations. The decision to use gold, silver and bronze classifications was also controversial and Ministers need to make sure that home, EU and international students are made aware that, regardless of the TEF results, all UK universities meet stringent and world-leading quality benchmarks and indeed some universities have opted not to enter the first year of the TEF.

“Notwithstanding the limitations of this first TEF, modern universities have undoubtedly demonstrated that their students receive excellent teaching, experience high levels of support and satisfaction and achieve employment outcomes that open-up new opportunities and careers.

“Whether in teaching, research, innovation, or developing new partnerships with institutions throughout the world, modern universities have shown once again that they are real assets to the UK. The government should value and be incredibly proud of what these universities deliver for students, businesses and the public sector organisations with whom they work.”


Notes to editors

  1. MillionPlus is the Association for Modern Universities. More information can be found at
  2. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Blows on 020 7717 1658 or email
  3. The full results for the Teaching Excellence Framework will be published by Hefce here together with the metrics, statements of findings and the submissions provided in support of the assessments.