Last Thursday, the Government announced the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Overseen by The Department for Education, TEF is a new UK university rating that recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching. It rates well-performing institutions from Gold to Bronze, and was introduced to help students decide what and where to study.
The TEF announcement brought good news for our College. We were awarded ‘Silver’, in recognition of our excellent teaching, first-class facilities and award-winning development opportunities, such as micro-placements and volunteering initiatives. It is a strong result, recognising your hard work and commitment to delivering an excellent student experience.
However, the TEF report also highlighted an area where we know we have to improve; graduate employability. As we plan for the year ahead, I encourage each of you to reflect on how you can encourage more of our students to consider their career options throughout their studies, and then to take action, from developing further employability initiatives within the curriculum to encouraging students to visit the Careers & Employability Service. Each of us has a role to play.
As we prepare for the year ahead, many of you will also be having meetings with your manager to discuss your achievements from the past 12 months, your development areas and your objectives for 2017/18. In preparation for these meetings, we have updated our annual Performance Appraisal Review forms. The updated forms contain shared objectives for each of us, which will enable us to continue to improve the individual and joined-up student experience that we offer within our close-knit community.
You can download the form and find out more online, and if you have any questions, please speak to your manager or contact your HR Business Partner.
Professor Paul Layzell