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Degree Outcomes Statement 2020

Teesside’s Degree Outcomes Statement has been developed to support understanding of the University’s undergraduate degree classification profile, and the strategic institutional initiatives taken to ensure academic standards are maintained. It is underpinned by a summary of our degree classification system and our approaches to learning and teaching, which have influenced, and will continue to influence, the value of our qualifications over time.

The report focuses on:

  • Institutional Degree Classification Profile
  • Assessment and Marking Practices
  • Academic Governance
  • Classification Algorithms
  • Teaching Practices and Learning Resources

The statement has been developed collaboratively between Student Learning & Academic Registry, University Schools, Teesside University Students’ Union, Corporate Communications & Public Relations, and Finance & Commercial Development. It has been endorsed by our Student Learning & Experience Committee; and approved by our Academic Board and the Board of Governors, all of which includes partner and student representation within their membership.

Institutional Degree Classification Profile

Overall there has been a gradual rise in good honours attainment of the last five years, although this is still below the sector average.

Assessment and Marking Practices

Well-established regulations, policies, procedures and external independent verification provide checks and balances that our assessment and marking practices are robust and in line with national standards and sector practice.

Academic Governance

A clear committee and governance structure is in place that enables strong and confident oversight of the University’s assessment processes and development of regulations leading to the conferment of academic awards.

Classification Algorithms

We operate a universal degree classification system across all subjects that is consistent and transparent. This is widely disseminated to staff, students and partners via the University website and various course documentation. There is a programme of comprehensive training and updates on our regulations and processes, supported by detailed documentation.

Teaching Practices & Learning Resources

The last five years has seen significant progress in this area, driven by the strategic approach and ambition outlined in Teesside 2020, our key strategic document. We lead the way with a digitally engaged learning, teaching and assessment agenda outlined within the Future Facing Learning approach. Alongside this is our aim to improve students’ employability and transferrable skills, which is driven through our Student Futures Strategy. These achievements are empowered by listening to our students and the investment in resources – physical, technological and support services to support health and well-being.

The statement was approved by the Board of Governors on 4 December 2020.

View our Degree Outcomes Statement