SOAS University of London

SOAS awarded TEF silver rating

31 August 2018
SOAS grad 2018 letter

SOAS University of London has been awarded a silver ranking in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2018 following a successful appeal by SOAS to the Office for Students (OfS).

TEF is a Government method of assessing the quality of teaching delivered by higher education providers. The voluntary rankings rate institutions gold, silver or bronze and are intended to give students better information to help them decide what and where to study.

Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro-Director Learning and Teaching, said: “This successful TEF appeal to rank SOAS as silver vindicates the confidence which we have always taken in the excellence of the student experience we provide at SOAS. As a strongly international institution with a diverse student body we offer a distinctive and high-quality teaching and learning experience, which can be hard for a narrow metrics-driven TEF to adequately reflect.

 “Since the TEF was initiated, we have made clear our concerns in relation to the ‘bluntness’ of its approach and the flaws which we believe it continues to have. I am pleased that this silver rating makes clear these concerns are not driven by the summary grading it delivers for us as an institution. We will continue to press for improvements and refinements in the way TEF is constructed, especially around outcomes for international students and for UK students who go on to work overseas.”

The successful appeal by SOAS also resulted in a revised “statement of findings” for SOAS making clear that:

  • SOAS outcomes are “excellent”
  • Highlights our emphasis on personalised learning and small group teaching
  • OfS recognised our established system to promote and develop excellent teaching

SOAS will continue to focus on our students and their needs, and ensuring we continue to improve further and deliver an excellent and highly distinctive all round student experience.