City life | By Eve Lacroix

City’s teaching excellence recognised


City retains overall Silver award in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and gets a Gold for student outcomes.


The national scheme, run by the Office for Students (OfS), recognised City’s student experience and student outcomes as typically ‘very high-quality’.


Professor Juliet John, Vice-President for Education at City said:

“We are thrilled that City, University of London has maintained its Silver rating overall in the 2023 Teaching Excellence Framework.


The TEF ranking is an important sector benchmark which asks our students to feedback on the areas they care about the most: teaching, learning and career outcomes.


As an institution, we are of service to our students. Our community of academic and professional staff work tirelessly to ensure our students have an excellent experience while they are studying with us, and that they graduate ready and able to progress into their desired careers. We are pleased to see that our students have felt the benefits of this work.”

Professor Juliet John, Vice-President (Education)

The TEF assesses and rates universities and colleges for excellence in their provision for undergraduate students. Those that take part receive an overall rating as well as two underpinning aspect ratings – one for the student experience and one for student outcomes.


City was one of 33 providers to be awarded Gold for the student outcomes rating, which looks at the educational and professional outcomes of university graduates.

Serving the economy and society


City also performed well in the third edition of the Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF), which was published in September. The KEF is an assessment of how English universities serve the economy and society for the benefit of the public, business, and the community.


The commercialisation of the University’s intellectual property (IP) was its highest performing metric and was judged to have ‘very high engagement’, putting City in the top 20 per cent of universities.


This was calculated by looking at the external investment of spinout firms that originated at City, their turnover, and the amount of IP and licensing income arising from City’s research.


The results found that spinout companies linked to City – of which there were 10 – made an overall annual turnover of £1.6 million.


City also ranked highly on metrics related to working with business, research partnerships, continued professional development (CPD) and graduate startups.