Kingston College is delighted to announce that it has been awarded ‘Silver’ by the government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in recognition of its high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its higher education students.
The TEF Panel judged: “the higher education provider, Kingston College, delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.”
David Hillier, Curriculum Director – HE at Kingston College commented: “This is a very pleasing acknowledgement of the quality of support provided to our HE learners and their own achievements. The award specifically acknowledges that the College’s HE learners are from a very wide range of backgrounds and prior educational experiences. The support provided by the college staff, academic and support colleagues is clearly making a real difference to these learners’ lives.”
Hillier added that “the Higher Education Provision at Kingston College is something of a ‘hidden jewel’. Universities are not the only places to study for a degree or a Higher National Diploma. Even many local Kingston residents are unaware that we offer courses in partnership with four universities leading to a range of awards including Higher National Certificates and Diplomas, Foundation Degrees and Full Honours Degrees. In total the College offers more than 30 courses in subjects including acting, performing arts and a range of creative and production arts courses, art and design, business, computing, counselling, digital arts, engineering, early years’ education, fashion and textiles, science, sport, travel and tourism, teaching and new this year a public services course offering opportunities for those interested in a career in the Police”. He encouraged those considering higher education study at whatever stage in their lives, and their supporters, such as parents to look at the College’s website and see the opportunities available.
The TEF Panel considered all the information in Kingston College’s submission in relation to the TEF criteria and stated that its judgement reflects, in particular, evidence of:
• “students’ academic experiences tailored to the individual, with small group sizes and relatively high contact hours:
• appropriate levels of contact time securing high levels of engagement and commitment to learning and study:
• high quality dedicated space for higher education students that supports learning, including specialist spaces:
• an embedded institutional culture that facilitates excellent teaching including through high numbers of staff with teaching qualifications.”
Implemented by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the TEF aims to recognise, reward and improve excellent learning and teaching at higher education providers across the UK. It also aims to provide students with clear information about where teaching quality is best and where students have achieved the best outcomes.