University Awarded Silver for Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes

The University has been awarded a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF). The Office for Students praised the University for ‘excellent’ outcomes, noting in particular that Liverpool has high rates of continuation for full-time students.

Great outcomes for graduates

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Janet Beer, said: “Staff right across the University are working hard to deliver the best student experience and great outcomes for our graduates. We are constantly striving to enhance our offer to students and I’m delighted to see these improvements recognised in our Silver TEF rating.

“Ultimately we are seeking to achieve a Gold rating and we will continue to invest in teaching and learning and put the student experience at the heart of everything we do.”

Student representation

The University’s move from Bronze to Silver reflects a significant improvement in performance across five of the six TEF metrics, compared to 2017. The TEF panel praised the University for its effective student representation that informs policy and strategic developments; its institutional culture that recognises and rewards excellence in teaching; its strategic investment in facilities to support student learning; and its comprehensive range of initiatives to enhance performance in highly skilled employment or further study.

Whilst some amendments have been made to the methodology for determining TEF ratings for 2018, they remain based on analysis of publicly available data about students’ experience of their time at University, as well as graduate outcomes and non-continuation rates. Each institution is judged on performance against its own unique benchmarks, as opposed to a like-for-like comparison with other institutions.

Completion rates

Liverpool performs well in terms of the completion rates of its students with 96.2% of our full-time students completing their programme of study, placing the University in the top 10% of providers.

The University is also ranked first in the Russell Group for recruiting students from state schools and from communities where participation in higher education is relatively low, reflecting our considerable focus on supporting social mobility.