The Higher Education Academy (HEA) welcomes the independent review of its progress by Capita Consulting published today by HEFCE on behalf of the funding councils for the period 2011-13.
The HEA is pleased that its work to develop a clear vision based on the priorities of the sector has been recognised, along with its improved effectiveness and efficiency in delivering its enhancement work.
The HEA is building on this work for 2014-15 and beyond and has made very substantial progress in developing four enhancement workstreams with the tighter focus the report encourages (see notes). Embedded in these workstreams will be improved ways to measure the outcomes, impact and value the HEA brings to its subscribers and the sector as a whole.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, said, “I welcome this report which has some very positive and encouraging feedback from the sector. The findings reinforce our plans to develop the four clear, targeted and evidence-based workstreams to enhance learning and teaching. We are working on these workstreams confident in the knowledge that this is what the sector wants us to do. I am also determined that we will have the measures in place to demonstrate the value that these workstreams will bring and the difference that we will help bring about to the student experience in learning and teaching.”
Professor Marshall continued, “Through this work, coupled with our services to subscribers, we will continue to inform and influence policy, work in closer and stronger partnership with institutions to address their individual needs, and support discipline communities.”
The HEA has developed an action plan to address the specific recommendations in the report and much of the work has already begun.
The four enhancement workstreams the HEA’s academic practice teams will focus on are:
- Curriculum design: for graduate attributes including employability, inter-culturalism and global citizenship, digital literacies and education for sustainable development; specific discipline skills and curriculum priorities; interdisciplinary learning.
- Innovative pedagogies: to explore and promote practices that contribute to inclusive and engaged student learning in diverse settings
- Student transitions: to focus on issues of inclusivity, flexibility, widening access, equality and diversity, retention and social mobility, and will include a focus on examining the impact of HE policy reform in relation to student transitions into, through and out of HE.
- Staff transitions: to build on the HEA’s current work on teaching excellence, professionalisation, reward and recognition, including the use of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) in promotions criteria and remaining in good standing.