Professor April McMahon appointed to TEF panel for 2018/19 pilot

The University is pleased to announce that Professor April McMahon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, has been appointed as a panel member for the Teaching Excellence Framework Subject-Level Pilot 2018-19 being run by the Office for Students (OfS).

Professor April McMahon will serve as Chair of the Humanities Panel and a member of the Subject Level Pilot Main Panel as part of work being done by the OfS to see how the TEF can provide more information and comparison on specific subjects being taught.

She is one of over 130 panel members chosen from students, academics, and representatives from employers and professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs) to take part in the TEF, selected for their expertise, standing in the higher education sector, and commitment to excellence in teaching.

Professor McMahon said: ‘I am very pleased that I will continue to be involved with the next phase of the TEF Subject-Level Pilot. TEF has helped raise the profile of excellence in education, student experience and outcomes, and I welcome the opportunity to contribute to developing a sustainable and reliable framework for subject-level assessment.’

Professor McMahon, who joined the University in September 2016, was previously an Assessor for year two of the TEF in 2016/17, and Humanities Panel Chair for the first year of the TEF subject pilot in 2017/18. She has had a distinguished academic career and is a Fellow of the British Academy. Her field is linguistics, and prior to joining Kent, she has worked at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, Edinburgh and Aberystwyth.

Rory Murray, the Former Students’ Union President at the University, has also been selected as a panel member for the Medical and Health Sciences subject panel.

In the first TEF results released in September 2017 the University was awarded a gold rating with the TEF Panel judging that Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.