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‘Take performance metrics seriously,’ universities told

The government needs to provide appropriate incentives to ensure that universities are taking performance-related metrics seriously, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said.

In its first report on education spending in England, the IFS says that a “key challenge” facing the higher-education system in England is “ensuring the quality of education provided in a market where students lack good information about the return to their degrees”.

It adds that the introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework was designed to address this issue, in part by offering “monetary incentives for universities to improve their performance”. However, while TEF performance was originally intended to be tied to the fees that institutions can charge, that policy is on hold while a review of funding for post-18 education is completed. 

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