Notes from HE Roundtable 2018: Excellence, Failure and the Expert

In light of the pressures facing all institutions and particularly the recent Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) we want to put notions of excellence on the table for debate: what constitutes excellence and for whom, and what is the relationship between excellence and expertise?

Two distinct but related comments emerged from last year’s discussion: the first a question how we can find excellence within risk and failure as integral to a learning process; the second a recognition of the current trend to reject the expert: do the students feel there is a point to learning from someone else?