Sterling Start for Newly Merged Trafford College Group

As a part of The Trafford College Group, Stockport College and Trafford College have been recognised as a Higher Education provider that delivers ‘high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for students’ and has been awarded Silver status in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

As one of only four colleges in Greater Manchester to receive Silver status the award is early evidence of the strong progress and benefits of the recent merger which took place just eight weeks ago and will deliver a £16m investment into renovating Stockport College facilities over the next two years.

Mark Harris

Mark Harris, Dean of Higher Education, Trafford College Group.

Mark Harris, Dean of Higher Education said: “We are extremely pleased to receive the Silver Award as part of the Government’s teaching excellent framework (TEF), recognising the work of our staff who are committed to delivering an excellent teaching and learning experience. At The Trafford College Group many of our courses are co-created with employers, ensuring our students are equipped with the skills to progress into meaningful employment.”

As well as the silver award, the Trafford College Group received individual feedback that commended student satisfaction levels and progression to further study or employment. The panel noted that ‘students from all backgrounds achieve excellent outcomes’, that ‘full-time student satisfaction levels and continuation rates are consistent with the Trafford College Group benchmarks’ and that ‘part-time student satisfaction levels, as well as rates for progression to further study or employment, are exceptionally high and above the benchmarks’.

Continuing with the feedback, panel members acknowledged the Higher Level Skills Development Strategy put in place by the Trafford College Group, which they said ‘aims to ensure that the curriculum has relevant vocational, professional and developmental elements including industry recognised vendor qualifications’, together with an outreach programme which ‘offers high quality accessibility initiatives for encouraging students to achieve positive outcomes, including those who are disadvantaged’.

The TEF was introduced in 2016 to recognise and reward high quality teaching in higher education, to encourage a dynamic emphasis on teaching, and to enable prospective students to make a more informed choice regarding their preferred institution of study. The TEF awards are decided by an independent panel of experts comprising students and academics. Drawing on national data combined with evidence submitted by the Trafford College Group, the TEF measures excellence in three areas: teaching quality, the learning environment, and the educational and professional outcomes achieved by students.

The Trafford College Group offers more than 40 degree level courses, many accredited by Sheffield Hallam University. Our next open evening is 27th June 2018, 3:30pm-8:00pm.

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