The Higher Education Academy focuses exclusively on teaching quality. We’re here to help you. Find out how HEA Fellowship can support you throughout your career development, recognising your work and demonstrating your commitment to world-class teaching. We offer discipline-focused communities of practice, training courses and events, and a wealth of resources and evidence of ‘what works’ in teaching in our substantial knowledge hub.
Supporting you throughout your career
We have developed a range of services to help you whether you are in a leadership role, new to teaching or supporting teaching.
HEA Fellowship is recognised internationally, demonstrating your commitment to world-class teaching. At the heart of HEA Fellowship is the Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which are the professional standards and guidelines underpinning great teaching. Applying the UKPSF principles helps you make your personal development planning more focused and effective at every stage of your career.
Providing continuous professional development and networking opportunities around the disciplines.
Enhancing student success in higher education through strategic areas of priority key for change.
Training and Events
Whatever your discipline specialism or stage in your career, you will find opportunities to develop your teaching practice in our Training and Events programme.
National Teaching Fellowship Scheme
Celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education.
Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence
Celebrates collaborative work in teaching and learning and looks to capture the creative and innovative practice that positively impacts on the student experience.
Communities of Practice
Communities of practice are knowledge exchange and development hubs that bring together people from across the sector both nationally and globally. They develop and support practice, showcase and drive innovation and address sector challenges through collaboration.
For the global community
The Higher Education Academy supports individual professional development to raise the quality and status of your teaching, allowing staff to keep up to date with the best practice in learning and teaching.
Views from our Fellows
“I would definitely recommend going for Fellowship to early career researchers and early career academics. For me, it was about improving my confidence in teaching in higher education more than anything. But it has also helped in terms of theory and practice, enabling me to understand why I was doing specific things while I was teaching.”
Stella Mourotsou Lecturer in Education, University of Stirling
“The HEA is gathering momentum in a big way in Australia. The bar is high and there’s a growing recognition amongst Australian academics of what is required to reach that bar. Lecturers really want an additional form of feedback and professional development, and the HEA provides that.”
Ruari Elkington Associate Lecturer in Film, Screen and Animation, School of Media, Entertainment and Creative Arts, Queensland University of Technology
“The reflective process you go through as you contemplate your career and evaluate what you've done is thoroughly worthwhile. I’m proud to say that I am a HEA Senior Fellow and I’m proud of the part played in my successful application by my work in student engagement.”
Jasper Shotts Senior Lecturer and champion of student engagament, University of Lincoln
Events for Individuals
The Higher Education Academy run and support a range of events.
Providing the opportunity for the individuals to debate the key issues, share best practice and inspire change.