Four of the region's universities awarded 'gold mark' for teaching excellence

Four Universities in the east have been given 'gold marks' Credit: ITV News Anglia

Four of the region's universities have been awarded gold marks for teaching excellence.

The University of Essex, Norwich University of the Arts, the University of Northampton and University of Cambridge have all been given the accolade.

It's part of a new teaching assessment developed by the Department for Education which it is hoped will help to better inform students thinking of applying to university or colleges.

University of Essex awarded highest rating of 'Gold' Credit: University of Essex

On being awarded 'gold' in the Teaching Excellence Framework ( TEF) The University of Essex says the hard work of staff and students has been recognised.

The TEF Panel judged that the University of Essex delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students and is one of the highest quality found in the UK.

'The Degree show' Norwich University of the Arts Credit: ITV News Anglia

Norwich University of the Arts has also been awarded ‘Gold’ by the Department for Education in recognition of its excellent standard of teaching.

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Panel said that teaching, learning and outcomes for students at NUA as being consistently outstanding and of the highest quality found in the UK.

Norwich University of the Arts Credit: ITV News Anglia

Watch a video clip with the Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Last, from Norwich University of the Arts.

The University of Northampton has also been awarded 'gold'. The Government looked at official data and what the university provides to its students, finding it to be 'outstanding'.

The University has been given a 'gold mark' for excellence Credit: University of Northampton

Silver awards were handed out to the following:

  • Anglia Ruskin University

  • University of Bedfordshire

  • University of East Anglia

  • University of Hertfordshire

While the newly formed University of Suffolk was given a Bronze.

A number of universities have not been included in the results.