Professor Gartland appointed to TEF assessors panel

01 November 2016

Professor Gartland appointed to TEF assessors panel

Professor Gartland is Professor of Biological Sciences at GCU.

Professor Kevan Gartland, Special Advisor and Professor of Biological Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), has been appointed as an Academic Assessor for the new Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), which aims to recognise and reward excellent learning and teaching in UK higher education. 

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), asked by the Government to implement the exercise during 2016-17, has selected its assessors from more than 1200 applicants to review and decide on the assessment outcomes. The outcomes are due for publication in May 2017. 

HEFCE has appointed high-calibre individuals who have standing with the higher education sector, are committed to excellence in learning and teaching, and have the ability to reach robust decisions in a complex and time-constrained setting. Just three Scottish university representatives are on the panel; the others are Professor Tina Harrison, Assistant Principal of Academic Standards and Quality Assurance, University of Edinburgh, and Professor Alistair Sambell, Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Edinburgh Napier University.

Professor Gartland is President of the Heads of University Centres of BioMedical Sciences (HUCBMS), Honorary Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Vice-President of the European Biotechnology Thematic Network Association.

HEFCE has also released new guidance and metrics to support providers.

Professor Gartland said: “I am delighted to have been selected to become a Teaching Excellence Framework Academic Assessor and look forward to contributing to the exciting development of recommendations and advice on the quality of teaching excellence in UK institutions. Contextualised data will be crucial to the recommendations made and it is appropriate that the Academic Assessors List now includes three Scottish academics.”

Commenting on the appointments, Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, HEFCE said: "We are delighted with the calibre of panel members, who we have appointed for their standing with higher education providers and students, and their significant commitment to excellence in learning and teaching."

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