UWTSD’s personalised learning, professional involvement in course design and Welsh-medium education gains Teaching Excellence Framework award


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has welcomed the outcome of its submission to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) announced today.

TEF Results

TEF is a scheme for recognising excellent teaching, in addition to existing national quality requirements for universities, colleges and other higher education providers.  The TEF was developed by the Department for Education in England, and although higher education (HE) policy is a devolved matter, individual HE providers in Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland are also able to take part voluntarily.

The panel of independent experts has judged that UWTSD is delivering teaching, learning and outcomes for its students that meet rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.  In awarding a Bronze Award they noted, in particular, that UWTSD has a culture of personalised learning, in small classes, which aims to ensure that students are effectively supported and are challenged to achieve their full potential.  In addition, the panel noted the involvement of both staff and local employers and relevant professional bodies in relation to course design, including work-based learning programmes, and also, that Welsh Medium and Welsh Language education is deployed in ways that support, stretch and challenge the student body at the University.

Dr Mirjam Plantinga, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University said: “We are pleased that the panel has recognised good levels of student satisfaction with academic support, and assessment and feedback. Our strong emphasis on personalised learning, small classes, and student support has also been recognised by results in this year’s Student Barometer, Times Higher Student Experience Survey, and WhatUni survey. Together with a focus on employer engagement and our distinctive culture, our TEF result reflects positively on the key values that underpin the UWTSD student experience”.

Professor Simon Haslett, Pro-Vice Chancellor International and Enhancement at UWTSD commented: “The University was pleased to present a submission to TEF as it was a valuable process post-merger which gave us the opportunity to reflect on our current practices and in particular on our current systems for measuring the impact of the wealth of teaching and learning activities and initiatives with which we engage.  

Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor added: “Delivering excellent teaching is fundamental to UWTSD’s Mission and Values and the University has made significant progress since the 2012 merger in developing innovative programmes, transforming our campus environments, and systematically enhancing the learning experience of our students. We look forward to future opportunities to demonstrate the ways in which UWTSD continues to provide stimulating and high-quality teaching and to support all students to achieve positive outcomes, both in terms of their academic awards and in terms of the employment or further study that follows.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Eleri Beynon by emailing eleri.beynon@uwtsd.ac.uk / 01267 676790