Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The HEA’s STEM team provides national leadership in developing and disseminating evidence-informed practice in learning and teaching in higher education. 

STEM subjects are recognised as having strategic importance in higher education for the economy and employers. The student learning experience in STEM subjects is vital in ensuring sustained growth in the uptake of these key disciplines. An excellent learning experience ensures that students have developed the right skills at the time of graduation and beyond through continued professional development. 


STEM at the Higher Education Academy

STEM at the Higher Edcuation Academy is led by Dr Kay Hack

Dr Kay Hack, Academic Lead for STEM

Kay was seconded to the HEA in 2015 as a Consultant in Academic Practice before being appointed as Academic Lead for STEM in January 2016. Prior to joining the HEA, she was Subject Partnership Manager (SPM) at Ulster University where she managed partnerships with external Further and Higher Education institutions at Access, Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate level both within the UK and internationally.  Her teaching philosophy has been to challenge and empower students to take ownership of their own learning, and her pedagogic research activity has primarily focused on the use of technology to enhance learning and teaching and problem-based learning.


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HEA Resources

The HEA has over 1000 resources, which are continually added to and updated, to support teaching within the STEM disciplines. These resources will keep you up to date with the latest innovative practice within your area, along with tools which can aid your professional development within higher education teaching.

HEA resources are accessed through our Knowledge Hub. Here you can browse:


HEA Blogs

The HEA STEM blog is about empowering our discipline communities. It provides an opening to express our academic experience, share innovative learning and teaching, demonstrate our creativity and generate enthusiasm for what we do.

Take a look at our collection of blogs

National Teaching Fellowship Innovative Pedagogies

National Teaching Fellows were asked to produce reports on the innovative pedagogies they have used in their practice which has led to them being recognised. The series is available to view in the Knowledge HUB and can be cut by discipline.

STEM Innovation Pedagogies Reports

Learning and teaching in cyber security

It is widely recognised by Government, employers and education providers that we need to build a pipeline of cyber talent, both to respond to cyber threats and to grow the UK cyber security sector. Curriculum development is required across degree programmes to help prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and develop security-aware users.

To address these challenges, the Higher Education Academy (HEA) has been funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), to support the higher education sector in creating and disseminating evidenced-informed practice in this field. Since 2014, 11 higher education providers across the UK have been awarded grant funding to improve cyber security teaching and learning.

Dates: 31 Jan - 1 Feb 2018
Venue: TBC
Who: STEM higher education professionals

  • Prices start at £213
  • Book now for early bird rates


HEA STEM Conference 2018: Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement

The HEA Annual STEM Conference returns in 2018, focusing this year on Creativity in Teaching, Learning and Student Engagement. The conference is an ideal opportunity to collaborate and learn from other higher education professionals within STEM disciplines and to share best practice.

Student success in higher education depends on a careful balance of factors including engaged learning, environments conducive to learning and the desire to develop in students the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attributes expected of graduates. 

This two-day conference, featuring a mix of peer-led workshops, presentations and respected keynotes will provide a forum for each of the individual STEM disciplines as well as opportunities to learn from cross-disciplinary practice.

This year's conference themes focus on those aspects of pedagogical practice within STEM subjects that support, nurture and improve these factors:

  • Driving teaching excellence: How can we improve our practice to ensure the best learning experience for our students?
  • Cross-disciplinary practice: What can we learn from successful initiatives undertaken in other disciplines?
  • Creative pedagogies: How can we enhance student engagement through creative practices?



The 2018 call for papers is now open