Universities Minister Sam Gyimah has launched a new tool that will rate universities either gold, silver or bronze by subject – holding them to account for the quality of their teaching, learning environment and graduate outcomes.
The new scheme aims to:
- help prospective students compare the different courses on offer across institutions, to make sure they get the most out of their university education;
- shine a light on course quality, revealing which universities are providing excellent teaching, and which are coasting or relying on their research reputation.
The new system to rate teaching is part of the government’s attempt to get tough on universities, which charge students nearly £30,000 for a three-year degree, and have come under fire for paying their senior managers very high salaries.
Universities Minister Sam Gyimah said: “Prospective students deserve to know which courses deliver great teaching and great outcomes – and which ones are lagging behind. In the age of the student, universities will no longer be able to hide if their teaching quality is not up to the world-class standard that we expect.”
A consultation on the way the new framework will operate is being launched and will last 10 weeks.