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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


The University of Cambridge has achieved overall gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) 2023.  

 The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is a national scheme run by the Office for Students (OfS) that aims to encourage universities and colleges (providers) to improve and deliver excellent teaching, learning and student outcomes. The TEF does this by assessing and rating providers for excellence above the high-quality baseline that we expect from all providers. It covers undergraduate courses. 


The Institute of Continuing Educations was singled out with two “outstanding” citations. These are around two areas:


  1. Course content and delivery; student engagement in learning and stretch:  

The wide portfolio of undergraduate certificates and diplomas, studied on a part-time basis, delivered by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) was thought to be outstanding 


  1. Teaching, assessment, and feedback:

Access to learning via undergraduate certificates and diplomas, by way of a part-time route offered by the Institute of Continuing Education (ICE). This provision for ‘non-traditional’ learners was deemed outstanding in terms of its accessibility to a wider student demographic. 

‘Outstanding’ is categorised by TEF as: ‘the quality of the student experience or outcomes are among the very best in the sector, for the mix of students and courses taught by a provider’. 


The National Student Survey, which received 323 responses, demonstrated how ICE learners echo the above, with 91% of award-bearing students satisfied with the quality of their teaching. 

We hope to see you on one our courses at the Institute very soon. You can explore the range of courses offered on our website here. 

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