Shaping the future

Become a TEF student representative

Help to shape the future of the Higher Education sector in a paid role with the Teaching Excellence Framework.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) is seeking applicants for up to 50 paid student representative panel members on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).  This is an opportunity to get involved in shaping the future development of a high-profile and ground-breaking exercise in the higher education sector.  Please review the available roles to see if you or a colleague may be interested. We would also be grateful if you could disseminate details to interested colleagues.

What is TEF? 

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was developed by the Government to recognise excellence in teaching, enhance student choice, and better meet the needs of employers and the professions. The TEF currently operates at provider level, where participating higher education providers across the UK receive a gold, silver, bronze or provisional award reflecting the excellence of their teaching, learning environment and student outcomes. HEFCE is running a pilot of the TEF at subject-level, to inform future development of the framework.

The Opportunities 

We are aiming for student representatives to compose one third of all of the TEF panels  that review submissions and decide on providers TEF outcomes.  You will work alongside senior academics, employer and professional body representatives, employment experts and widening participation experts.  There are various roles available for student representatives,  depending on your experience of representing HE students and engaging in teaching enhancement.  

The roles attract a flat fee of £4,000 or £8,000 for ~15 – 27 days’ work between January and June 2018, depending on the role.  Approximately half of the workload is completed remotely and the other half at meetings held at locations across the UK.  

Enhancing the diversity of appointment to roles is important to us and we welcome applications from all sections of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people and people from a black or minority ethnic background. We may take into consideration applicants’ equality protected characteristics which relate to the reporting of TEF metrics – gender, ethnicity and disability – if we need to make a choice between applicants of equal merit, and where candidates consent for their data to be used in this way.  We are also seeking applicants from the full range of higher education provider (universities, FE colleges and alternative [or private] providers).

Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications for all roles is midday on Friday 6 October.

Should you have any questions regarding the roles, please contact


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