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TEF could pit teaching against research, says Wellcome

The Wellcome Trust has warned the government to take care in implementing the proposed Teaching Excellence Framework, to avoid creating competition between teaching and research at UK universities.

In a letter to the former Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Mike Turner, acting director of science at Wellcome, said that the charity supported the government’s plans to use the assessment to reward high-quality teaching at UK universities. However, he warned that the TEF, proposed in the higher education and research bill that is passing through parliament, must be carefully implemented and consideration given to its potential impact on research. 

“It would be damaging to force teaching and research into competition as institutions chase different pots of money through TEF and the Research Excellence Framework,” he said.

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