A Higher Education Academy (HEA) initiative has funded Vice-Chancellors and their senior teams of 34 higher education (HE) providers to develop institutional strategies in specific areas of learning and teaching. The learning from these strategies will be shared with the sector at a dissemination event in the spring of next year.
The strategies are in a number of set domains including approaches to the metrics to measure teacher excellence, curriculum design and internationalisation and the global citizen.
The 34 universities or HE providers were selected in a review process from a short-list of over 80 institutions which had responded to the HEA’s call to participate.
Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, explains, “I am delighted by the response to this call which shows the gathering pace in the profile of teaching. It’s encouraging to see innovative institutional-wide strategies underway or in development, whether in curriculum design, innovative teaching approaches, internationalisation, employability or in other domains.
“This initiative is about recognising the leadership that brings about change; it’s about encouraging the development of excellence strategies; and it’s about sharing best practice for the benefit of students across higher education. In sharing best practice, we aim to support the development of high impact approaches to excellence and create tangible learning and teaching resources and case studies that we can disseminate to the sector.
“As the champion of teaching quality, the HEA is uniquely placed to use its networks to collaborate with HE providers in sharing strategies which I’m confident will improve student outcomes.”
The full list of the institutions is:
Aston University - Employability by design
Bangor University - Postgraduate research student experience: collaborating for success
Bournemouth University - Global talent programme
Brunel University London - Improving transition from school/college to university
City University London - Designing the curriculum for 2026
Falmouth University - Creativity in business entrepreneurship education
Grimsby Institute - Design and implementation of a CBHE teaching, learning and assessment framework
Guildhall School of Music & Drama - Empowering artists of future through transformational feedback model
Hartpury College: Student achievement and graduate employability
Liverpool John Moores University - Harnessing effective engagement with engagement data
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine: Equipping researchers to translate innovation into impact
Manchester Metropolitan University - T50 and student success framework
Myerscough College - VLE Quality assessment framework
Newman University Enhancing retention, progression and achievement through student partnership
Northumbria University - Digital literacies and cultural/organisation change
Oxford Brookes University - Learning gain: active citizenship
Plymouth University - Effective learner analytics
Queen’s University Belfast - Re-conceiving assessment – a foundation for change
Ravensbourne - Diversity in graduate employability
Southampton Solent University Developing an “employability in the curriculum” dashboard
Staffordshire University - Leading excellence in attainment and positive action
The Open University - Digital literacy, Badged Open Course
University of Aberdeen - Staff/student partnership to develop and deliver multi-disciplinary electives
University of Bath - Collaboration in Doctoral training
University of Dundee - Capturing learning gain from work placements
University East Anglia - Measurement of teaching excellence
University of Essex - Making electronic feedback effective
University of Huddersfield - Using international benchmarks to drive university strategy
University of Hull - Curriculum change methodology and metrics
University of Leeds - Digital learning for work placements
University of South Wales - Immersive learning
University of the West of Scotland - Promoting inclusive and engaged student learning with analytics
University of Wolverhampton - Development of College of Teaching and Learning
University of York - Developing Programme Leadership and developing Programme Leaders