A Times Higher Education piece discusses a limitation of the move by the government in England to create a measure of teaching quality despite the incentives should the universities reach a high standard.


A measure of teaching quality in universities is to be introduced by the government in England. Only universities who attain a high rating will be allowed to increase their student admissions fee above the current upper limit of £9000. The Times Higher has suggested (26th Jan 2017) that some of England’s elite institutions decide to opt out as vice-chancellors were doubtful that the financial benefits of the inflationary fee rises would outweigh the reputational damage caused by not being rated outstanding. In the healthcare professions it has been suggested that some elite medical schools may not have applied for the ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award for a similar reason – a fear of not being rated “excellent”.