The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is a registered company (04931031), limited by guarantee and a registered charity in England and Wales (1101607). The members of the HEA are Universities UK (UUK) and GuildHE.



HEA Board

The HEA Board comprises 12 directors and trustees – senior strategic managers drawn from across and beyond the higher education sector. Appointments are made by UUK and GuildHE; the funding bodies and in consultation with the National Union of Students (NUS). The Board also appoints six members from outside HE for their professional or technical expertise.

Annual Reports and Financial Statements

HEA Annual Reports and Financial Statements are released annually detailing HEA activities throughout the year and an overview of the HEA's financial position.

Charitable objectives

The HEA’s charitable objective is to promote higher education for the public benefit by:


  • providing strategic advice and co-ordination to the higher education sector, government, funding bodies and others on policies and practices that will impact upon and enhance the student experience;
  • supporting and advancing curriculum and pedagogic development across the whole spectrum of higher education activity; and
  • facilitating the professional development and increasing the professional standing of all staff in higher education.