We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a Teaching and Excellence Silver award for the quality of our Higher Education teaching.
This comes just a year after NCG became the first FE institution in the UK ever to be able to develop and award its own honours and master’s degrees after it was awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers from the Privy Council.
The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK’s world-class higher education sector.
NCG was awarded the silver award due to its excellent outcomes for students and outstanding progression to highly skilled employment or further study. In addition, full time students regard the assessment and feedback processes as exemplary.
“We are delighted with this award. We pride ourselves on our excellent HE provision and our responsiveness to employer and learner needs as well as addressing local and national skills gaps.
“Together with our Taught Degree Awarding Powers, it will help us to be more responsive to the demand for higher level skills as well as supporting the local economy and more people into jobs.”
– Joe Docherty, Chief Executive
The panel also praised NCG for its:
- strong commitment to widening participation and evidence of effective support for non-traditional learners
- consistent curriculum focus on students engagement and stretch, through a range of initiatives including Student Fellows provision
- strategic approach to employer engagement; exemplified by the creation of a series of Academies linked to key employers in the region
- novel approach to the provision of state of the art learning environments located in real world settings; exemplified by the location of Newcastle College Aviation Academy within a working airport.
Led by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, (HEFCE), the TEF awards were decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Drawing on national data, and evidence submitted by each university or college, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.
“Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential. The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.
“The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study.
– Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England