TEF Dashboard

The TEF dashboard (see link below) presents data on the six key TEF metrics at school level. Ultimately, TEF is likely to present subject level metrics flagged negative or positive when they vary significantly from a sector average. We do not yet know what the subject areas will be, so we have cut the data by school, and presented their variation from the UEA average – this shows you your school’s direct contribution to the institutional metrics that will form part of TEF 2.


In the report, each metric has a blue icon link to benchmarking information showing how principal JACS subject codes are performing compared to other institution's activity in that subject. These are for indicative purposes only at this stage, and the benchmarking data is also listed metric by metric below. If you are in doubt on which JACs codes to reference for your school, please see our report on Departmental JACs Proportions:


Below is some additional information related to the TEF metrics that you may find useful.

All reports tagged 'TEF':



The TEF employability metrics use yet another set of algorithms compared with the usual HESA EPI and Graduate Prospects KPIs. Whilst our internal dashboard uses the correct methodology, we're not currently able to provide exact benchmarking for either the TEF EPI or TEF Highly Skilled KPIs without funding for a separate HESA data purchase.

The new TEF metrics exclude partners (not so significant from the current 2014/15 data onwards anyway) but include graduates from all UG courses, not just first degrees. Of even more significance, however, the benchmarks are now pitted against the entire sector (not just league table comparators) calculated at individual level but corrected for subject mix at institutional level.

The Metrics

Continuation Rate

The continuation rate metric used by TEF is based upon a performance indicator published by HESA, based upon first year drop out. This report shows this by department, and also allows you to drill to course level:


This shows report shows UEA benchmarked by subject area. Please note that this benchmarking report only operates at higher level JACS - all that is available from HESA at this time:


Employment Performance Indicator*

The percentage of all undergraduates (not just from first degrees) in any work or further study. This includes work of any kind, so is higher than league table graduate prospects measures. This report shows EPI by department:


Or EPI by Course:


This shows report shows the EPI benchmarked by subject area:


Graduate Prospects*

The percentage of all undergraduates (not just from first degrees) in further study or training of an appropriate level (generally postgraduate) or in professional level occupations. This report shows GP by department:


Or GP by course:


This shows report shows Graduate Prospects benchmarked by subject area:


NSS Metrics

Three NSS themes are to be used as TEF metrics; Teaching, Assessment and Feedback, and Academic Support. (Note that the TEF panel will review these at theme level but each theme is made up of component questions).

There are a number of resources available to help you to explore UEA, School, course and Subject Area performance on the NSS in detail.

  1. Detailed briefing notes are available at the end of September each year on the BIU Blackboard site. This includes a detailed look at each School and Subject area and draws out strengths and areas. Importantly, this includes looking at the individual questions making up each theme and the comments left by students to understand what is driving the results.
    https://learn.uea.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_62546_1&content_id=_535944_1 and navigate to Data by theme/ Student Experience/NSS
  2. A series of dashboards are available providing access to the full data at both School and course and Subject Area level. Here you can view the results for each individual question making up the three TEF themes.
  3. On the BIU Blackboard site you can also access full lists of student comments and review these using filters to see just those associated to TEF metrics and their component questions.
    https://learn.uea.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?course_id=_62546_1&content_id=_535944_1 and navigate to Data by theme/ Student Experience/NSS

Widening Participation Characteristics

A range of widening participation characteristics are key to TEF. Analysis of these can be accessed via the following report. 


Please note that data on NSS metrics cut by widening participation characteristics have not yet been made available by HEFCE.