Universities’ performance in TEF should not be linked to tuition fees

Mar 8th, 2017 | By | Category: News

Dear colleagues

Recently, the House of Lords backed an amendment to the higher education (HE) bill that says universities’ performance in the teaching excellence framework (TEF) should not be linked to the tuition fees they are allowed to charge.

This is a significant blow for the government and the result of a great deal of hard work by UCU and others (you can find a copy of our latest briefing to peers here). The link between tuition fees and teaching quality is central to the bill and its use of the flawed TEF is one of many aspects of the proposals we are fighting.

This is a major win for UCU and others campaigning to protect the quality and reputation of our universities but now we need to keep up the pressure and make sure this amendment sticks. I will be calling on your support again in the coming weeks to lobby your MP and make sure this amendment is not reversed in the Commons.

Thank you.

Sally Hunt
UCU general secretary

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