Splash Sunday – 18/06
SPA Executive Committee’s June Newsletter
It’s been a busy week for student journalists: with the government releasing their Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rankings, many of you across the country rushed to cover what this would mean for your institution. Here are a few of the best:
UEA was awarded a silver TEF ranking.
The University of Bristol was ranked silver – here’s Epigram’s report. http://epigram.org.uk/news/2017/06/university-bristol-ranked-silver-tef
Exeter received a gold ranking.
York Vision’s piece on their university’s silver ranking also covered the controversy over the TEF.
But the gold medal (ha ha ha) goes to the Mancunion for their coverage of the TEF rankings in two separate articles: this piece by Jenny Sterne: “The release of the controversial Teaching Excellence Framework’s results shocked many, with only eight Russell Group universities receiving gold, although many have questioned the rankings’ validity.” and this analysis from SU Education Officer Emma Atkins: “Harnessing fees to the TEF will incentivise universities to abandon what is actually teaching excellence in favour of the TEF’s flawed definition of quality.” Fab stuff guys!
A few other things to mention:
This piece from Brig Newspaper, in Stirling, on the Spiked Free Speech rankings.
And this from The Saint, in Edinburgh, on Michael Palin being awarded an honorary doctorate of science at one of the university’s graduation ceremonies. (We’re definitely not at all jealous…)
Read the interview with him here:
And finally, in case you missed it (because I clearly did) here’s a short and snappy piece from The Print, at Queen Mary University of London, on the accidental early release of third-year politics students’ dissertation grades!