The university of Leeds has been awarded the top rating in the Government’s new official “gold, silver and bronze” league table.
It was one of just two institutions in Yorkshire to achieve the highest award in the first major assessment of teaching standards, joining Huddersfield at the top of the region’s table.
Overall five universities and colleges in the city took part in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), with three – Leeds Beckett, Leeds Trinity and Leeds College of Art – rated silver and one – Leeds City College – achieving bronze.
Sir Alan Langlands, vice-chancellor of the University of Leeds, said: “This gold award strengthens our excellent reputation in student education and recognises the outstanding all-round experience of being a Leeds student.
“We welcome the comments about the outstanding support we offer students from all backgrounds, which resonates with our ambitions to create independent, critical thinkers who are determined to make their mark on the world.”
The TEF was introduced by the last Government in a bid to gain more evidence about teaching and learning in UK universities, with proposals to link quality to tuition fee increases.
Universities which choose to enter are assessed on a range of measures, including student satisfaction, drop-out rates and whether students go on to employment or further study after graduating.
Differences between institutions, such as entry qualifications and subjects studied, were taken into account by an independent panel which made the final awards. A total of 295 universities, colleges and alternative education providers took part, with 59 institutions gaining a gold award, 116 rated silver and 56 achieving bronze.
Professor Ray Lloyd, deputy vice-chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: “As students begin to use the TEF to make decisions about where to study in 2018, our commitment to providing an exceptional student experience – proven by today’s results – puts Leeds Trinity in an excellent position moving forward.”