The quality of teaching in higher education has never been more important. This has created an opportunity to reflect in depth on multiple aspects of our current policy & practice. Both celebrating best practice and recognising opportunities for future development, but ultimately aspiring to achieve sustainable teaching excellence.
We can support individuals through:
- expert advice and guidance
- bespoke sustainable consultancy solutions from department through to institutional level
- staff development opportunities at all levels
- teaching resources
- events & networks
- examples of sector best practice
Tailoring your priorities across specific disciplines
Whether you're working with us across a range of disciplines or within a specific disciplinary area (Arts and Humanities, Health and Social Care, Social Sciences, STEM), we will shape our services to meet your needs, supporting you at an individual, departmental, faculty or institutional level.
Developing an integrated institutional approach
Dominant definitions of student success tend to focus on retention, attainment and progression, but, as Doug Cole (Head of Student Success, Advance HE) examines in his new thought piece, ‘Developing an integrated institutional approach to student success’, there are also explicit and potentially transformative links to employability that have so far been underexplored in the literature.
- Do you think you define and understand student success in the same way as colleagues from across your institution?
- How well do you feel you understand the ambitions of your students and what success really means to them?
- Could you be doing more to align these understandings and do you think that ‘pressing pause’ for a moment (whether this be within your teaching or within your strategic planning) would be beneficial?
Transforming teaching and supporting student success
Best practice frameworks, informed by research, developed with the sector for the sector
The issues impacting on student success are broad and complex, having a shared point of reference and common language to discuss, shape and review policy, process and practice can therefore be an extremely effective way of applying a consistent methodology to leading change. Engaging with our research informed frameworks in combination, will help identify smarter ways of working. This is achieved through identifying synergies between key strategic priorities that all underpin teaching excellence and the aspiration to support student success in its broadest sense.
“The Higher Education Academy frameworks are evidence-based and provide the higher education sector with a national reference point to enable the institution to develop its own approach according to local circumstances as well as benchmarking performance.” Universities UK (2016), p.73, Working in partnership: enabling social mobility.
We will work with you to deliver practical solutions to address your priorities through either a focused intervention or a blended approach across the four stages of our supporting enhancement services.
Working together to address your priorities
Delivering effective change
A holistic approach to student success may be achieved by addressing a combination of the strategic priorities outlined below in an integrated programme of activity:
How you help to prepare graduates for life beyond university is something at the forefront of multiple stakeholders’ minds. Effectively embedding employability both in the curriculum and within your extra-curricular provision is key.
Assessment and feedback impacts on staff time, university reputations, league tables and, most important of all, students’ future lives. It is at the heart of many challenges faced by higher education providers today.
Retention and attainment involves inclusion, ensuring the full and equitable participation in and progression through HE for all students.
Flexible learning is about empowering students by offering them choices in how, what, when and where they learn: the pace, place and mode of delivery.
Internationalising higher education
Promoting a high quality, equitable and global learning experience can help prepare graduates to live in and contribute responsibly to a globally interconnected society.
Student engagement through partnership
At its heart, true partnership is about applying well-evidenced and effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment with a commitment to open, constructive and continuous dialogue with our student communities.
Education for sustainable development
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that covers the integrated social, economic and environmental dimensions of the formal and informal curriculum.
Technology enhanced learning
The use of technology to maximise the student learning experience is a vibrant area of interest across all tiers of global education.
Communities of Practice
Knowledge exchange and development
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.
The communities will help individuals keep up to date with what is happening in other institutions, supporting their agility in the ever evolving context of teaching and learning.
Explore our extensive range of resources to improve teaching and enhance learning. Pinpoint exactly what you want by using our range of specialist filters.
- Explore pedagogic research, teaching resources and case studies to inform your practice, including ideas and tips for getting started
- Hear from colleagues in the sector through highlighted conference papers and blog posts
Debate key issues, share best practice, inspire change
We are committed to working with you to address your challenges and strategic priorities. Our events are designed so you can, explore these priorities, build on your existing knowledge, share your expertise, boost your professional networks, develop a range of practical solutions and stay ahead of the curve.