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Data problems could lead to doubts over TEF results

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Poor response rates and Covid-19 threaten integrity of TEF datasets

The quality of the next Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes framework could be “ropier” than previous iterations because of question marks over the data on which it is based.

According to Rachel Hewitt, director of policy and advocacy at the Higher Education Policy Institute, potential issues with both the National Student Survey, which informs the TEF, and the new Graduate Outcomes Survey, which is expected to, could jeopardise the integrity of the framework.

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