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UCU responds to Select Committee report on Teaching Excellence Framework

29 February 2016

Commenting on publication of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee report The Teaching Excellence Framework: Assessing Quality in Higher Education, UCU welcomed the committee's findings and reinforced the need for further consultation on proposed metrics and the timescale for implementation.

The union also urged the government to undertake further research on what the committee described in their report as 'the important link between teaching quality and casualised labour' ahead of the technical consultation.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'We welcome the committee's report on the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which sets out clear recommendations for further scrutiny of proposed metrics and more detail on how the framework will be implemented. It's crucial that the TEF has the confidence of university staff and students, and the government must consult carefully to ensure that its proposals will work in practice.

'We also welcome the committee's recognition of the important link between casualised contracts and teaching quality, and urge the government to undertake further research into this area. Teachers' working conditions are students' learning conditions, so if politicians are serious about quality they must act to tackle the widespread job insecurity that still blights the university sector.'