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Guardian - TEF: big upsets expected in official UK university rankings

Universities are preparing themselves for a shock in the government’s new official “gold, silver and bronze” league table, which will be published a week after the election, on 14 June.

The new rankings, known as the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), will award grades based on factors including graduate employability and student satisfaction. There are expected to be some high-profile casualties. World-renowned universities including Bristol, the London School of Economics, King’s College London, Liverpool, Soas University of London and Goldsmiths are thought to be at risk of being awarded a bronze, which would mean they are unable to raise their fees in line with inflation after 2020.


Fees and reputations are at stake, and while some university chiefs are preparing the public for a disappointing outcome by rubbishing the rankings, there are also fears that behind the scenes many are planning to purge academic staff in less successful departments in an attempt to do better next time.

The Guardian explains: