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The University of Northampton has been awarded Gold – the highest possible mark – in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The official judgement by the Government’s review states:

“Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Northampton delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.”

“It is of the highest quality found in the UK.”

What is the TEF?

In brief, the TEF is a league table where universities, colleges and private providers are judged on the quality of the education they provide. The TEF is run by the Government and is therefore ‘official’, unlike other league tables.

The Government has introduced the TEF as a way of

  • better informing students’ choices about what and where to study
  • raising esteem for teaching
  • recognising and rewarding excellent teaching
  • better meeting the needs of employers, business and industry

Why was the University of Northampton awarded Gold?

The Government looked at official data and what the University provides to its students, and found the following to be “outstanding”

  • levels of employment or further study for our graduates
  • assessment and feedback
  • a personalised student experience
  • academic support
  • our approach to involving students in research, scholarship and professional practice – with strengths in community-based research and scholarship and sector-leading work on social enterprise

You can learn more by reading our submission in full.

What does TEF Gold mean for students at Northampton?

If you study with us you will know that

  • our teaching and outcomes for students are officially the highest quality found in the UK
  • we were given gold because we offer very high levels of support to our students and put you first

Only 42 other universities have achieved gold so you will be choosing one of the best teaching universities in the UK.

You can view the full TEF tables on the Higher Education Funding Council for England website.

Read our press release.