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Publication date:- 2017-23-06

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Edge Hill University takes gold

EDGE Hill University has achieved Gold, the highest rating in the national Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), for delivering:- 'consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students.'  The Gold award; which has been given to less than of Universities nationally and only 3 Universities in the North West - indicates that teaching at Edge Hill is of:- 'the highest quality found in the UK.' The TEF was introduced by the Government to build evidence about the performance of the UK's world class higher education sector, complementing the existing Research Excellence Framework with an analysis of teaching and learning outcomes.

The awards were decided by an independent TEF Panel of experts, including academics, students and employer representatives.

The TEF measures teaching excellence in 3 key areas:-

Teaching quality:- teaching that stimulates and challenges students, and maximises their engagement with their studies.

Learning environment:- the effectiveness of resources and activities (such as libraries, laboratories and work experience) which support learning and improve retention, progression and attainment.

Student outcomes:- the extent to which all students achieve their educational and professional goals, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The specific findings for Edge Hill University indicate that:- "Students from diverse backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes", and that "very high proportions of students continue with their studies and progress to employment or further study."

The findings also acknowledge:- "Very high levels of student satisfaction with 'teaching on my course' and outstanding levels of satisfaction with 'assessment and feedback', and 'academic support', notably exceeding the provider benchmark."

Dr John Cater, Vice-Chancellor at Edge Hill University said:- "I am delighted that Edge Hill's strategic focus on employability and nurturing institutional culture has been recognised with a Gold rating from the TEF panel. Colleagues from across the University all play a part in achieving and maintaining this Gold standard and I am grateful to every one of them."

Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said:- "Students invest significant amounts of time and money in their higher education. They rightly expect a high-quality learning experience and outcomes that reflect their potential. The UK already has a high bar for quality and standards, which all universities and Colleges must meet. But the TEF judges excellence above and beyond this, clearly showing the highest levels across the sector.  The TEF measures the things that students themselves say they care about: high quality, engaged teaching and a supportive, stimulating learning environment which equips them with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential, and then to progress to a good job or further study."

Police advice to visitors to both Armed Forces Day and the River Festival in Liverpool

MERSEYSIDE Police have offered a warm welcome to the thousands of visitors heading to Liverpool this weekend, running over Saturday, 24 June to Sunday, 25 June 2017, for Armed Forces Day and the River Festival, and offering advice to make sure they have a great time and enjoy the event safely.

Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Dave Charnock, said:- "On Saturday the City will be honouring the work of our Armed Forces personnel as it hosts the national Armed Forces Day Celebrations between 11am and 5pm. The celebrations will be attended by His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex who will be representing The Queen, senior political and military representatives, the Mayor of Liverpool and civic representatives, and hundreds of service personnel; both Regular and Reserve; from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force. Cadets and veterans will also attend. There will be a military parade that will march from St George’s Hall to the Pier Head and this will be supported by a host of other attractions including gun salutes, flypasts and displays including everything from planes, helicopters, diving equipment and rigid inflatable boats, to tanks, a field hospital, simulators and marching bands. The Royal Navy’s type 23 frigate, HMS Iron Duke, will also be docked in the City for the celebrations and the day will close with the military Beat Retreat. For full details of the celebrations, for full details of the day, head to:- The Armed Forces Day celebrations will be complemented by the City’s popular River Festival, which has grown in popularity year after year and attracts thousands of the visitors to the City, and will take place on Saturday and Sunday. The River Festival will be sited across Albert Dock, Salthouse Dock, the paved area of the The Strand, Mann Island and Dukes Dock and will host a wide range of activities. A number of vessels, including tall ships, will be sailing in to the City to take part in the event and will be open to visitors across both days. For full details and timings of the Mersey River Festival events website, follow @merseyfestival on Twitter and Mersey River Festival on Facebook. We want people to have a safe and enjoyable time and make sure the weekend is memorable for all the right reasons which is why we are offering some tips and advice to ensure everybody’s day out goes smoothly. Visitors to both events can help us by giving themselves plenty of time to get to the City, arriving in good time so they can make the most of the celebrations. Merseyside Police constantly reviews its staffing levels for any large scale public events and visitors can expect to see high visibility policing throughout the weekend. They may also see an armed presence, but I want to reassure them that this is not in response to any direct threat aimed at either of the events, but is part of the national response to recent events and will provide a visible reassurance for the thousands of people who will come to enjoy our fabulous City during the weekend.” 

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