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HEFCE boss had doubts over ‘tight timescale’ for TEF

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In an exclusive interview with HE, the former head of the Higher Education Funding Council for England has claimed she had doubts the Teaching Excellence Framework could be delivered on time.

In her first public interview since leaving HEFCE, Madeleine Atkins – now master of Lucy Cavendish college at the University of Cambridge – told HE that HEFCE had worried about the “very tight timescale” for the implementation of the TEF.

“I think our concern [about the TEF] at HEFCE was more pragmatic: it was a very tight timescale, and a lot to get done, and a sector that had several points of view about it. Some very positive, some less so,’ Atkins told HE’s Chris Parr. “There was a real concern about [developing] a robust methodology. We knew that there were concerns and issues as well as positive endorsements. There was a whole range of views out there that we then had to try to navigate.”

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