Quality teaching through openness and collaboration – an alternative to the TEF?


  • Chrissi Nerantzi Manchester Metropolitan University




Teaching Excellence Framework, Innovation, Open Education, Collaboration


In this opinion piece, I offer an alternative vision to the TEF that positions universities at the heart of communities and society through greater collaboration among higher education institutions and involving the public. I argue that this approach is a rewarding way for academic staff to develop their teaching capabilities and innovate, to improve the student taught experience at universities. Using measures such engagement in professional development and innovations in teaching as a result of it that have an impact on student learning, is my alternative to the TEF.

Author Biography

Chrissi Nerantzi, Manchester Metropolitan University

Chrissi Nerantzi is a Principal Lecturer in Academic CPD in the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has worked as an academic developer at the University of Sunderland and the University of Salford before moving to Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013. Chrissi’s research interests are around open and creative pedagogies.


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