Bangor University rated Gold

Bangor University has been awarded the Gold standard in the UK Government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework, and is the only University in Wales to achieve this standard.

The framework assesses universities against a range of criteria and is part of the UK government’s plans for raising standards in higher education. It also gives students more information so that they can make the most informed decisions when deciding which university to attend.

Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Bangor University delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.

Universities are assessed across three main categories, Teaching Quality, Learning Environment and Student Outcomes & Learning Gain.

The Government have stated that the framework will drive up quality in the sector at the same time as improving student choice and crucially, graduate outcomes. They added that the framework will also give students clear, understandable information about where the best teaching is on offer.

Bangor University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor John G. Hughes said: “Bangor has maintained a strong commitment to the delivery of high quality student experience for many decades. Not only do we link research and teaching, but we also provide personalised pastoral care, and provide variety and experimentation in our teaching and learning.

“We strongly believe that students deserve to be exposed to, and to be stretched by, the rigour and intellectual challenges of problem solving within their disciplines.

“Across the University, our courses aim to provide a close association with our active research community to support students’ own learning. Through research skills courses, and ultimately an independent research project (dissertation, group project or evaluating practice), the degree courses across all our subject areas empower students to acquire and master a range of research skills and investigative methods.”

“This Gold ranking reflects Bangor University’s impressive performance and I’d like to congratulate everyone at the University for their work on behalf of our students.”

Commenting on Bangor’s success, UK Government minister and Aberconwy MP, Guto Bebb, said:

“This award is well-deserved and sends a message to potential students across the world that Wales is a fantastic destination for higher education. It also demonstrates to employers and overseas businesses planning to invest in Wales that graduates from our universities are being trained to the highest standards.”

The review highlighted that students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes, and that retention, progression to highly skilled employment or further study, and Welsh medium provision are above benchmark. The university also has consistently outstanding levels of student satisfaction with teaching, assessment and feedback, and academic support, notably exceeding the provider’s benchmark.

Publication date: 22 June 2017