The only real form of student engagement within the TEF is through NSS, this is problematic as outlined above. However, universities can submit an additional contextual document to provide additional information on why they think their teaching is excellent.
But TEF does not require that LSE should consult with students or even the Students’ Union, and there is no separate student submission. This is problematic as students, the main beneficiary of excellent teaching, are ignored by the process which is supposed to measure their opinions.
As well as this LSESU opposes the linking of teaching quality and fees is wrong as we believe that this will not actively encourage LSE to improve their teaching because it benefits its students; but rather so that the School can charge them more. This could lead to LSE focusing their efforts on ‘gaming’ the system, or concentrating their efforts on improving their scores in NSS rather than ‘actually’ focusing on the more nuanced issues affecting the quality of teaching at the School.