The University of Bolton has been awarded a silver rating in a major new government evaluation scheme of university teaching.

The University of Bolton prides itself on being a teaching-intensive, research-informed institution and this approach has now delivered more success for the university. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) was introduced two years ago and has three ascending levels: bronze, silver and gold. The silver award recognises universities for exceeding the baseline threshold expected of UK Higher Education. Silver grades are awarded to universities offering courses with “high levels of stretch that ensures all students are significantly challenged”.

Vice Chancellor and President, Professor George Holmes said: “This is the best news Bolton has ever had. Being properly recognised for our teaching-intensive, research-informed approach and praised at a national level by experts is fantastic for both our students and staff. We now look to build on this substantial result and continue to provide our students with a positive experience. I can assure our students and the university team that we will not be resting on our laurels.”

Professor Patrick McGhee who led on the TEF process for the university added: “This is important recognition for the work the university does. I was particularly pleased the panel commended the university on development of an institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching as well as on providing excellent support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Vivienne Newton, outgoing Students’ Union President, emphasised the role that working in partnership has played in the achievement of the TEF outcome, stating: “The student body at the university can be rightly proud of this important rating for our institution. The Students’ Union works closely with the university on a wide range of initiatives to improve the student experience and learner outcomes.”

In the past 12 months, the university has received a number of other accolades including ranking 36 out of 129 higher education institutions by The Complete University Guide for student satisfaction; achieving a ranking of 38 out of 128 institutions for teaching quality by The Sunday Times; and entering The Guardian’s top 40 for teaching quality.

The university, and town, continues an exciting period of development with the its new National Centre for Motorsport Engineering, Institute of Management at Bolton Central, and merger with Bolton College all launching in the next 12 months.

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