The independent TEF panel judged that the University delivers “consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students, of the highest quality found in the UK.”
In its pilot year, the TEF has been developed by the Department for Education to assess teaching in higher education at undergraduate level.
It uses evidence from a set of measures that focus on student satisfaction, retention rates and graduate employment, as well as a written submission from the University to decide on the level of award.
Sir Alan Langlands, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “Leeds achieves excellent student education and an outstanding all-round experience, which is reflected across a raft of measures, including a 90% satisfaction rate in the National Student Survey and a top five position in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.
“The Times and The Sunday Times also singled us out for prioritising students’ needs first to last when they named us this year’s University of the Year in the Good University Guide.
“We welcome the TEF’s focus on teaching excellence, graduate employability and widening access and are pleased to have received a Gold rating, although we will always strive to improve further.”
“We can all be proud of this result," said Professor Tom Ward, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, "which is testament to the hard work, commitment and talents of not only our staff, but also students across the University.
"Indeed, the panel cited our 'embedded ethos of the Leeds partnership with students' as one of our strengths. I’d like to thank Leeds University Union which contributed to the submission and everyone who has played a part in earning us this recognition.
“Importantly, our participation in the TEF enables us to contribute to future reviews of the process so that we can be sure it is as useful as possible for students and staff.”
In its assessment of the University, the TEF panel highlighted the high levels of satisfaction, retention and progression to employment or further study.
It also noted the “creative approach to supporting students in their independent learning” and that students are “active contributors to their education”, though initiatives such as Leeds for Life.
The feedback cited that “students take charge of their experiences with academic and co-curricular opportunities that can enhance their learning while preparing them for the world beyond the University.”
Professor Tom Ward added: “Our initiatives in student education are based on robust research, with the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence leading the way in providing evidence for what is needed to help students learn effectively.”
The award also reflects the University’s strengths in its research-based learning, where Gold-rated universities ensure students are “consistently and frequently engaged with developments from the forefront of research, scholarship or practice”.
Leeds is ranked in the top 100 universities for academic reputation in the QS World University Rankings 2018, and also secured a top 10 position in the UK for its research power and impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework.
This strength was also recognised by the University of the Year judges when they described the final year research-based project as the “centrepiece of students’ academic activities”.
Graham Askew, Simon Walker, BBSRC (Jan 2018), £699,781
Jennifer Tomlinson, Royal Society (Jan 2018), £512,801
Jennifer Tomlinson, Royal Society-Research Fellows Enhancement Award (Dec 2017), £94,681
Helen Miller, AB AGri Grant (Dec 2017), £73,600
Simon Walker, Royal Society Enhancement Award (Dec 2017), £10,000
Carrie Ferguson, Bryan Taylor, Harry Rossiter, The Physiological Society (Dec 2017), £7,392
Ralf Richter, Royal Society (Dec 2017), £6,000
Christine Foyer, British Council Newton Fund (Dec 2017), £49,840
Adrian Whitehouse and colleagues in School of Chemistry and University of Liverpool, MRC (Nov 2017), £622,319
Michelle Peckham, Neil Ransom, MRC (Nov 2017), £495,159
Dave Lewis, British Council India (Nov 2017), £22,540
Elton Zeqiraj, Royal Society (Nov 2017), £15,000
Hannah Dugdale, Royal Society (Nov 2017), £15,000
Shaunna Burke, Cancer Research UK Innovation Grant (Nov 2017), £20,000
Alex O'Neill and colleagues in Chemistry, BBSRC (Nov 2017), £431,865
Jessica Kwok, Wings for Life (Nov 2017), £87,365
Tom Bennett, BBSRC (Oct 2017), £523,679
Neil Ranson, Darren Tomlinson, BBSRC (Oct 2017), £494,318
Nikita Gamper, BBSRC (Oct 2017), £490,426
Amanda Bretman and colleagues from UEA, NERC (Oct 2017), £430,886
Juan Fontana, Rosetrees Trust consumables grant (Oct 2017), £22,500
Helen Miller, DSM Nutritional Products AG (Sep 2017), £69,988
Neil Ranson, Juan Fontana, Mark Harris, Michelle Peckham, Ralf Richter, Peter Stockley, Patricija Van Oosten-Hawle and colleagues in Engineering, FMH and MAPS, Wellcome Trust Equipment Call (Sep 2017), £418,000
Jamie Johnston, Physiological Society (Sep 2017), £10,000
Frank Sobott, Adrian Goldman, Mark Harris, Andrew Macdonald, Stephen Muench, Sheena Radford and colleagues in FMH and MAPS, Wellcome Trust Equipment Call (Aug 2017), £415,000
Ralf Richter, David Brockwell, Eric Hewitt, Jessica Kwok, Emanuele Paci and MAPS/FMH, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £600,000
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Stefan Kepinski, Yoselin Benitez-Alfonso, Tom Bennett, Michelle Peckham, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £331,000
Roman Tuma, Lars Jeuken, Paul Millner, Sheena Radford, Peter Stockley and MAPS/FMH, BBSRC (Jun 2017), £222,000
Vas Ponnambalam, Darren Tomlinson, Stephen Wheatcroft, BHF (May 2017), £107,878
Graham Askew in collaboration with Bangor University, BBSRC (Mar 2017), £477,383
Stephen Muench, BBSRC (Mar 2017), £132,945
Nic Stonehouse, MRC (Mar 2017), £906,341
Bill Kunin, Steve Sait, BBSRC (Mar 2017), £602,831
Adrian Goldman, EU (Mar 2017), £546,576
Sheena Radford, Wellcome Trust (Mar 2017), £1,836,482
Beatrice Filippi, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Tom Bennett, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Jamie Johnston, Royal Society (Mar 2017), £15,000
Ryan Seipke, BBSRC (Feb 2017), £52,116
Mary O'Connell, BBSRC (Feb 2017), £46,986
Hannah Dugdale, NERC (Feb 2017), £504,138
Anastasia Zhuravleva, EPSRC (Jan 2017), £100,792