Proposals to extend 'consumer-style' ratings for subject courses

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The new move by the Government, which they say aims to "shine a light on course quality", comes as an extension of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) already used to rate universities as a whole.

The new rating system will allow students to easily compare different courses at different universities, and view individual scores on each of the government's criteria.

The proposals, which are to be piloted with 50 universities initially, have been put out for consultation today, and if introduced, the first subject-level ratings will not be published until 2020.

"Prospective students deserve to know which courses deliver great teaching and great outcomes - and which ones are lagging behind", Mr Gyimah said.

"This will level the worldwide playing field to help applicants make better choices, and ensure that more students get the value for money they deserve from higher education", he said.

According to the latest Times rankings, the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) are the best for studying law.

In a statement, Universities Minister Sam Gyimah MP said that institutions "will no longer be able to hide" if their quality of teaching "is not up to the world-class standard that we expect".

In Yorkshire, the University of Hull, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University and the University of Bradford are all to participate in the trial.

The first university-level ratings, which were published in June past year, came under fire from a number of elite universities which did not achieve the highest score.

The TEF came in for criticism from a number of top universities after many leading institutions failed to achieve the highest award.

While the University of Lincoln is not involved in the pilot of the scheme, a spokesperson told The Linc: "We're very proud of teaching quality and student experience at Lincoln, reflected in our TEF Gold award".

Concerns were raised that the system did not fully measure quality and that potential students needed clear guidance about what the results meant and how to use them.

A further 16 including Leeds Beckett, York, Sheffield and Bradford, were awarded silver.

"The new subject-level TEF will give students more information than ever before, allowing them to drill down and compare universities by subject".

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