A golden shower?
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.”