TEF: what's it all about?

You’ve probably already come across the Courtauld SU statement that was circulated last Monday. The Students’ Union is holding an all-student referendum on the 20th of January on our position as a student body regarding the NSS (National Students’ Survey) boycott on TEF (Teaching Excellence Framework). The NUS (National Union of Students) have encouraged all university bodies to boycott the yearly NSS.

What is TEF and NSS?

TEF stands for Teaching Excellence Framework. The TEF is a government scheme proposed to measure the quality of teaching at Higher Education Institutions in England. The Green Paper was introduced in November 2015 by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and after a period of consultation a government White Paper was published. You can read this on the gov.uk site. Stage one of the scheme was then launched in 2016.