A golden shower?

THE (Times Higher Education) - - THE POPPLETONIAN -

In last week’s Pop­ple­to­nian, our Head of Sta­tis­tics, Pro­fes­sor J. W. Oswald, con­sid­ered the fail­ure of the teach­ing ex­cel­lence frame­work to cor­re­late with any other method of mea­sur­ing teach­ing qual­ity and con­cluded that the TEF rep­re­sented a met­ri­cal first: a mea­sure that mea­sured noth­ing what­so­ever.

How­ever, uni­ver­si­ties such as Pop­ple­ton that achieved gold in the TEF could still de­rive some com­fort from the knowl­edge that they would be re­warded by be­ing al­lowed to raise their un­der­grad­u­ate fees in line with in­fla­tion.

It now ap­pears that the gov­ern­ment will im­pose a freeze upon fees in English uni­ver­si­ties and that there­fore TEF win­ners will not re­ceive any such re­ward for their en­deav­ours.

Pro­fes­sor Oswald de­scribed this devel­op­ment as log­i­cally sound. “Speak­ing sta­tis­ti­cally, it is only ap­pro­pri­ate that a largely mean­ing­less met­ric should have a com­pletely point­less out­come.”

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