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University Centre Wakefield celebrates teaching excellence award

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The University Centre at Wakefield College is celebrating today after being given a Silver Award by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) panel; introduced by the Government to recognise and reward excellent teaching in Higher Education.

“The College is above benchmark for progression to highly skilled employment and indicates students are satisfied with the teaching, assessment and feedback and academic support provided on their programmes, in line with or exceeding benchmark expectations.”

The Panel’s judgement reflects, in particular, evidence of:

  • Personalised interventions to support transition to higher education for students with lower levels of qualifications on entry
  • The acquisition by students of knowledge, skills and understanding supported through a strong relationship with employers, and effective practices for developing employability within the curriculum
  • The implementation of an institutional culture that promotes and develops good teaching practice, including peer observation of teaching and continuing professional development for staff.

Director of Higher Education, Clare Hagerup, said, “We’re delighted with the findings of the TEF panel, as it recognises all of the hard work that goes in to ensuring our students get the best possible outcomes; regardless of their starting points. Together with our excellent QAA inspection last year, this firmly places us at the heart of university-level education, not only in our own District, but further afield. Our goal of “Rethinking University Education” is having a great impact in raising higher-level skills in the District, and with the opening this year of the Advanced Skills and Innovation Centre; the home of the University Centre and Business School, we’re going from strength to strength in opening up university-level education for all.”

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CONTACT: For more information email, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 22 June, 2017

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