18 Jul TEF Ratings or University Rankings? New Research Shows International Students Prefer… (UK)
Following the recent release of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) results, we have today launched the findings of our latest research, examining international students’ awareness and understanding of TEF ratings.
The research surveyed 3,335 international students who have expressed an interest in studying in the UK and found that:
- Only 21.2% of international students claim to have heard of the TEF, while 64.4% of international students who have heard of the TEF say it has not been very well explained to them.
- Of those that have heard of the TEF, 79.5% incorrectly believe it measures the teaching quality of both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
- Regardless of whether students believe the TEF measures both UG and PG levels, 84.3% believe that a university with good UG teaching quality would also have good PG teaching quality.
- 24.5% of students who are aware of the TEF incorrectly believe that a Bronze Award means teaching quality is ‘unsatisfactory’.
- 72.6% of international students who have heard of the TEF correctly identified that ‘TEF ratings are based on statistics such as dropout rates, student satisfaction survey results and graduate employment rates’. However, 55.3% also thought ‘TEF results are based on random inspections of lectures and classes by inspectors from the Department for Education’.
- Both international students who have heard of the TEF and those who haven’t said they would be more likely to choose a university with a Gold TEF Award above one with high rankings. However, they would be more likely to choose a university with high rankings above one with a Silver or Bronze Award.