Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (MET - formerly City College and Northbrook) is proud to have been awarded a silver under the government's
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
. This UK-based award recognises the MET as delivering high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for students studying Higher Education (HE) qualifications.
The College, which has campuses in Worthing, Brighton and Shoreham, offers a range of university degrees. Many of them have been developed in partnership with businesses, some with the endorsement of professional bodies. Programmes are brought to life by lectures from visiting employers and opportunities to work on projects or go on work placements with external organisations.
These industry-focused degrees range from business and engineering, to theatre performance, music technology and art and design, and many of them offer the option of either a two or three-year course.
The silver TEF award is a reflection of the MET's excellent teaching quality, the learning environment, and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students. Decided by an independent panel of experts including academics, students and employer representatives, the results were based on national data and evidence submitted by the MET.
Sharon Collett, MET Principal, said, "We are delighted that the MET has been rewarded for the excellent quality of learning and teaching experienced by our students. Our graduates go on to experience fantastic career success -- working for industry-leading organisations, performing in the West End, exhibiting at international exhibitions, and one has even won an Oscar! We are immensely proud to have helped them fulfil their ambitions."
Professor Chris Husbands, Chair of the TEF assessment panel and Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said, "When assessing the MET, high levels of employer engagement in programme design was noted, ensuring that students acquire the knowledge and skills most highly valued by employers.
"The organisation is committed to encouraging participation and supporting students from all backgrounds, and has very high -- and in some cases, outstanding -- levels of satisfaction."
Speaking about the TEF awards, Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said, "Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential. The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.
"The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high-quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study."