UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)

Working with individuals and institutions in higher education (HE) to provide students with an excellent learning experience is core to what we do at the HEA. This is why we manage and lead the development of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking success within HE teaching and learning support. We believe that the UKPSF is essential to driving improvement in, and raising the profile of learning and teaching in HE.

Ensuring good practice and excellent student experience

A comprehensive set of professional standards and guidelines for everyone involved in teaching and supporting learning in HE, it can be applied to personal development programmes at individual or institutional level to improve teaching quality.

The framework identifies the diverse range of teaching and support roles and environments. These are reflected and are expressed in the Dimensions of Professional Practice. The UKPSF clearly outlines the Dimensions of Professional Practice with HE teaching and learning support as:

  • areas of activity undertaken by teachers and support staff
  • core knowledge needed to carry out those activities at the appropriate level
  • professional values that individuals performing these activities should exemplify.

The full UKPSF can be found here

UKPSF Terms of Use Policy

The Welsh version of the full UKPSF can be found here