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It's a clear message that universities must work harder for a recognised environment of success and that students are looking for more than historic reputation.'The TEF is a wake-up call that shows a philosophy of independent learning must be backed up by quality teaching.'The TEF, which will be annual from this year, is voluntary but overall, 295 universities, colleges and alternative education providers took part.Some 26 per cent gained a gold award, 50 per cent were rated silver and 24 per cent achieved bronze.The rankings, called the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), have been set up by ministers to encourage universities to deliver good tutoring and prepare students for the workplace.Previously only research was assessed – giving institutions a perverse incentive to ignore undergraduates' needs.From September 2017, the fee cap for most institutions is £9,250.More than half of Russell Group institutions – considered among the best in the country – that entered TEF did not score a gold rating.Fehanaugh, Lauragh, Co Kerry 064-6683185, airbnb.ie/rooms/2643072 Cockoo Wood Hexagon, Co Mayo This cabin is the perfect hexagon-shaped love nest, just 5km from Westport but secluded on land that is half orchard, half woodland.
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Universities are ranked as gold, silver and bronze – with a score of bronze indicating only that the institution meets 'rigorous national quality requirements' but does not exceed them.
The Government has indicated that only those achieving a bronze, silver or gold award this year will be able to raise their fees in line with inflation from 2018.
Some of the country's elite universities have been embarrassed in the Government's first official rankings of teaching standards.
Several received only the minimum benchmark, raising questions over whether their students are getting a good deal.