So a lot has changed since we last #TalkedTEFWithJeff so apologies if this is a long one! I'm hoping my strong and stable leadership will result in getting a fair deal for students out of the TEF. So let's start from the beginning.
TEF stands for the Teaching Excellence Framework which attempts to assess the quality of teaching by higher education providers like Keele. Universities will then be ranked either ‘Gold’, ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ based on how they perform on 6 core indicators which are split up further and a 15 page submission which supports these indicators.
According to the 2016 autumn statement, tuition fees could rise by the amounts below. Keele is aiming for Gold or at the very least Silver, if this is achieved, the University has the authority to increase tuition fees 100% in line with inflation.
For those who have listened to me talk about the TEF before, none of this is new information. So here’s what we’ve found out recently.
The TEF rankings will be announced on 14th June. This will mean that Keele as well as other institutions will receive their TEF ranking and they will be public information.
Previously, I was quite optimistic about the House of Lords recommending that TEF is not linked to fees. The House of Commons have since rejected this amendment as debates continue before the General Election on 8th June (you can still register to vote here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote).
So what’s next? I’m taking a motion to the UGM on Monday 22nd May to outline our stance on a potential rise in tuition fees. Essentially, we can stand by and leave the decision as to what happens next in the hands of the University. Or we can take direct action against a potential rise in fees. Finally, we can negotiate with the University and ask them to justify why an increase in tuition fees is necessary, why it is unavoidable and what assurances can be made to students so that a quality, affordable student experience is maintained.
You can also submit your own motion to the UGM (by Friday 12th May) here: https://keelesu.com/yourunion/ugm/
Hopefully you can make it to the UGM, but if you have any further thoughts, comments or questions feel free to ask me!
Oh and best of luck with your exams, I’m sure you’ll smash it!