In March 2019, the British Council undertook a small research study on behalf of the Department for Education to understand international perceptions of UK higher education and awareness and understanding of the 'Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework' (TEF).

The findings of this study were submitted to the independent review of TEF led by Dame Shirley Pearce.

This series of interviews reflects the thoughts and understanding of respected, influential HE experts in the five study countries: France, Germany, India, Malaysia, China.

A challenge is that for TEF to be relevant to an international audience it must both: reflect the needs, experiences and outcomes of international students; and also reflect the needs, and respect the context of potential international partners.