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Gold Award to mark excellence in teaching

(6 June 2018)

Durham University has been awarded the highest possible accolade in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). This comes as the University continues to strive to deliver world-class teaching, with significant investment in new facilities and innovative teaching practices.

The TEF was developed by the Department for Education and is carried out by the Office for Students. The ratings are judged by an independent panel of students, academics and other experts.

Delivering on Student Outcomes

In particular, the TEF Panel praised the University for the excellent rates of progression to highly skilled employment or further study for full-time students, and the University’s research-led education, which provides students with the skills which are most valued by employers. The institutional culture at Durham, which rigorously monitors and rewards excellence in teaching, was also highly commended by the Panel.

Professor Alan Houston, Durham University Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), commented: “To be awarded Gold is a wonderful recognition of the talent and dedication of our staff. We strive to empower students through enquiry-based learning, and the impact of this can be seen through the remarkable achievements of our students.”

Durham, a world top 100 university, performs well in both national and international league tables, and was last week positioned fifth in the Guardian University Guide. Durham University has some of the most favourable graduate employment statistics in the sector: 94 per cent of Durham students are in employment after six months, and 83 per cent are in highly-skilled employment. The University was recently named as one of the top ten universities from which employers seek to recruit in the Graduate Market 2018.

Investing in the future

Professor Houston added: “Whilst the University enjoys great success, we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent. We are constantly looking for ways to improve what we offer our students and staff, to continue to make Durham an inclusive place to study, as reflected in our University Strategy.”

The University Strategy 2017 – 2027 sets out a plan to deliver a transformative education, which takes advantage of the latest digital technologies. The University has made significant investments to achieve this goal, including creating new facilities, and also looking at cross-departmental curriculum reform.

The Teaching and Learning Centre

The Teaching and Learning Centre, due to open in September 2019, will host a wide range of learning environments and technologies. It will include new classrooms allowing students to share courses in real time with students from peer institutions from around the world. As well as teaching rooms and lecture theatres, there will also be an Education Laboratory, where new teaching and training methods will be developed.

The Centre will also house the University’s newly formed Durham Centre of Academic Development which will provide specialised teaching and learning support for students and staff.

For further information about the University’s TEF submission and report, please click here.

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