Degree courses to be ranked in price comparison-type system

A new ranking system for teaching will be introduced at universities

A new ranking system for teaching will be introduced at universities

Every university degree course in England will be ranked on the quality of its teaching alongside details of the average salary earned by its graduates in a project launched today by the government.

"This will level the worldwide playing field to help applicants make better choices, and ensure that more students get the value for money they deserve from higher education", he said.

He added: "In nearly every investment we make in our lives, outside of universities, we are able to look at data".

The subject proposals have been published for consultation and, if introduced, the first ratings would be announced in 2020.

Alongside the metrics used in last year's institution-level TEF - retention, student satisfaction and graduate employment - measures which the government has previously said will be piloted in the subject-level TEF include graduate earnings and teaching intensity, based on class sizes and contact hours. Instead, prospective students will be asked to have achieved "degree or equivalent".

The first university-level ratings, which were published in June previous year, came under fire from a number of elite universities which did not achieve the highest score. Meanwhile, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the University of Liverpool and the University of Southampton were all given a bronze rating.

Concerns were raised that the system did not fully measure quality and that potential students needed clear guidance about what the results meant and how to use them.

It is understood the subject-level awards and detailed information are likely to be made available on websites including those of the government and universities.

"Prospective students deserve to know which courses deliver great teaching and great outcomes - and which ones are lagging behind", Mr Gyimah said.

"A spokesperson for Universities UK said: "[The framework] will stand or fall by whether it can provide accurate and meaningful information to inform student choice.

The Department for Education said that the subject-level TEF would "shine a light on course quality, revealing which universities are providing excellent teaching, and which are coasting or relying on their research reputation".

Gyimah added: "In the age of the student, universities will no longer be able to hide if their teaching quality is not up to the world-class standard that we expect".

"We look forward to engaging with this technical consultation, and to the independent review of TEF which will take place next year".