Welcoming the results of the Teaching Excellence Framework (opens in new window), QAA Chief Executive Douglas Blackstock said:
'All universities and colleges receiving a TEF rating have demonstrated world class quality above the threshold quality standards we expect. What TEF has done is distinguish the very best from the good and any institution achieving Gold, Silver or Bronze deserves congratulations.
'One of the key features of TEF was independent assessment conducted by peer reviewers, including students, a long-standing strength of the UK quality system.
'As with any new system it’s important to learn and improve, and the forthcoming independent assessment will be an important aspect of TEF’s development.'