James Brokenshire has welcomed the news that Rose Bruford College in Sidcup has been awarded the top award in the newly published Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF rates universities on the quality of teaching and learning and has presented the Rose Bruford with its top Gold Award.
The TEF was established as a means of providing students with greater choice when making decisions about where to study. It focuses specifically on the way courses are taught and developed and has allowed smaller providers that are often overlooked by the main university ranking guides to shine. Put into context, Rose Bruford’s TEF score judges the teaching on offer to be in the same category as that at Oxford and Cambridge and better than many Russell Group institutions, including Manchester, Southampton and LSE.
The College, working alongside nearby Bird College of Performing Arts and local businesses, was instrumental in the success of the recent Sidcup Fringe, the first such event to be held in Sidcup.
Commenting on the news, James said:
“The community in Sidcup should be very proud of what has been achieved at Rose Bruford. We have one of the leading performing arts colleges in the country, right here in the heart of our town which has now been judged to offer some of the best teaching at university level in the country.”
“The TEF’s aim is to give students the confidence to make the right decision about where to study and to help them find the best place for them to succeed. The way in which the TEF has dispensed with some of the nostalgia that makes other university rankings sideline smaller, newer institutions and focusses solely on the quality of teaching is welcome and will, I hope, help Rose Bruford continue to grow and develop.”