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University title is a term protected in law and may only be used by those providers that have been granted the title by Government. Some universities have held the title for many years, but to gain UK university title today a provider must meet criteria, including having been granted powers to award taught degrees and meeting thresholds in relation to the number of higher education students. See more about the process.
This provider can award both taught and research degrees. Taught degree awarding powers give UK higher education providers the right to award bachelors degrees with honours and other taught higher education qualifications, up to and including the level of a masters degree. Research degrees recognise the creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research or other forms of advanced scholarship. Some providers have held degree awarding powers for many years. See more about the criteria providers must currently meet to gain these powers.
Eligible students studying on courses that meet the requirements set out in the Student Support Regulations can apply for loans. Students who commenced study on eligible courses prior to 2016-17 can apply for maintenance grants as well as loans. See more about the Student Support Regulations.
This provider has been accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to deliver initial teacher training. Please see the 'Initial teacher training' tab above for more information on the accreditation.
This provider has been granted institutional designation for student support purposes and is also accredited by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to provide initial teacher training (ITT) courses. Eligible students studying on courses that meet the requirements set out in the Student Support Regulations can apply for undergraduate student loans and for particular allowances. Students who commenced study on eligible courses prior to 2016-17 can apply for maintenance grants as well as loans.
Designated courses include most undergraduate courses, integrated masters courses and ITT courses. Eligible postgraduate students studying on courses that meet the requirements set out in the Student Support Regulations can apply for disabled students' allowances. See more about student finance.
This provider will normally have met financial sustainability, management and governance criteria set by the Department for Education. This provider is monitored annually against these criteria. See more about course designation.
This provider must also demonstrate financial sustainability to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
This provider can only charge fees at or below the higher fee cap for most UK and EU students who are on initial teacher training courses.
This provider is required to give information to the Higher Education Statistics Agency including data on courses, students and graduate employment. Students studying at this provider may participate in the National Student Survey and may have data published on Unistats.
In addition, this provider gives information to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) on the number of trainees it has recruited to its initial teacher training course(s). Data includes the characteristics of new entrants and since 2008-09, the UK degree class of postgraduate new entrants. The NCTL also collects information about lead schools and placement schools. See more about the data NCTL collects.
This provider is required to be a member of the independent complaints scheme for higher education students; the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA). Students who have exhausted the relevant internal complaints procedures and are not satisfied with the outcome may be able to complain to the OIA, provided the complaint is within the OIA's remit.
See this provider's latest Quality Assurance Agency review.
See more about this provider's current TEF award.
See whether this provider is licensed to sponsor international students to come to the UK under Tier 4.
See more information about courses delivered by this provider on Unistats.
This provider can deliver initial teacher training, and uses the name below when it does:
Quality review outcomes
The Department For Education require this provider to be reviewed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). See more about the approach taken by the QAA.
Since September 2015, Government policy has been that all alternative higher education providers in England, who want their students to be eligible for student support, have had to have a successful Higher Education Review (Alternative Providers) (HER AP) from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) on entry. These providers must maintain their relationship with the QAA and continue to meet the expected standards during annual monitoring and in any future reviews. See more information about the quality requirements for alternative providers with specific course designation.
Teaching Excellence Framework
The UK has a world-class higher education sector, with rigorous systems in place to ensure high quality teaching. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a new scheme for recognising excellent teaching, in addition to existing national quality requirements for universities, colleges and other higher education providers. It provides information to help prospective students choose where to study.
The TEF is voluntary and each higher education provider decides whether or not they wish to take part.
The TEF was developed by the Department for Education in England. While higher education policy is a devolved matter, individual providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also able to take part if they wish to.
Participating higher education providers receive a gold, silver or bronze award reflecting the excellence of their teaching, learning environment and student outcomes. The awards cover undergraduate teaching.
The full list of participating higher education providers and their TEF awards, including those in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are listed here.
The government introduced the TEF in 2016 as a trial year, from which lessons will be learned for future years. The results were published in June 2017. Providers are able to appeal their award and any resulting changes will be made in August 2017.
The Government has previously indicated that universities and colleges in England that have a TEF award will be able to increase their tuition fees in line with inflation. The Department for Education will confirm the 2018-19 fee caps in due course. Providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are able to take part in the TEF, with no direct impact on their tuition fees.
See more about the TEF.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the higher education provider delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
A provider taking part in the TEF is awarded:
The awards are decided by an independent TEF Panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives. Details are available here.
The provider's undergraduate teaching is assessed against ten criteria that cover the areas of teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes.
The TEF Panel considers evidence from a set of metrics using national data as well as written evidence submitted by the provider. The metrics cover continuation rates, student satisfaction and employment outcomes. The metrics for each provider are benchmarked to take account of differences in its students' characteristics, entry qualifications and subjects studied.
The metrics and provider submissions can be viewed using the link below.