Petroc’s teaching excellence rewarded with Higher Education ‘Silver’

Petroc has been awarded Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Silver by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

The TEF Panel reviewed the college against its criteria – and found that “students achieve excellent outcomes”.

In its statement of findings, the panel reported that Petroc showed particular evidence of “the excellent focus on learning and teaching, enterprise and skills in a local context”, “small group teaching and skills development support which is highly valued by students”, and “the implementation of an institutional culture that facilitates, recognises and rewards excellent teaching”.

“Petroc is delighted to be recognised and compared so favourably with all institutions offering higher education,” said Jane Hanson, Vice Principal Quality, Curriculum and Learners. “This is a reward for the hard work and creativity of staff in designing a curriculum to meet the needs of our community, enhancing social mobility and creating sustainable jobs.

“Demonstrating overall how well HE is taught across Petroc, and the high levels of achievement; 64% of our continuing BA students were awarded a First or 2:1.”

The award comes after two of Petroc’s higher education staff were honoured at Plymouth University’s SSTAR awards.

Early Childhood Studies lecturer Kate Roberts was awarded Faculty Winner for ‘Most Effective Feedback’ and Laura West-Burnham, Higher Education Curriculum Team Leader, was awarded Faculty Winner for ‘Sensational Programme Lead’ and, for the second year running, ‘Most Innovative Teaching’.

Applications are still open to study degree-level courses at Petroc, in partnership with Plymouth University, with more than 40 programmes to choose from. Visit for more information.