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TEF awards are ‘invalid’, says Royal Statistical Society

Statistical problems with the Teaching Excellence Framework are so severe that it could actually mislead prospective students who are using it to choose a university, a professional body has warned.

In a letter to the UK Statistics Authority watchdog, the Royal Statistical Society raised “serious concerns” over flaws in the TEF data, detailed in its submission to the TEF review. It believes these issues render “all TEF awards made to date invalid” and breach the UK Statistics Authority’s code of practice. 

“The TEF is in large part a statistical artefact, and we are concerned that it does not meet the standards of trustworthiness, quality and value that the public might expect,” the RSS wrote in the letter.

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