Enhancing student success in higher educationStrategic areas of priority key for change

<strong>Enhancing student success in higher education</strong>Strategic areas of priority key for change

The quality of teaching in higher education has never been more important. This has created an opportunity to raise the profile of teaching, promote, and develop our diverse sector’s reputation for teaching excellence.

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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 student success

Best practice frameworks developed with the sector for the sector

The issues affecting student success can be broad and complex, however having a shared point of reference and common language to discuss, shape and review policy, process and practice can be an extremely effective way of applying a consistent methodology to leading change. This is equally applicable at institutional level as it is at faculty, departmental, programme or individual levels. Our frameWORKS series covers the key thematic priorities that impact upon the quality of learning and teaching in higher education.

“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

The HEA will work with you to deliver practical solutions to address other priorities. Whether you're looking to realise opportunities at a broad institution or faculty level, or to enhance teaching in specific departments or programmes, select either a focused intervention or a blended approach across the three stages (diagnostic, delivery, impact).


Working together to address your priorities

Delivering effective change

Embedding Employability

How you help to prepare graduates for life beyond university is something at the forefront not just of students’ minds, but also those of their parents.

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Transforming Assessment

Assessment has a vital impact 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. 

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Student Retention

Retention and success involves inclusion, ensuring the full and equitable participation in and progression through HE for all students.  

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Flexible Learning

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

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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.

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Student engagement through partnership

Partnership is a process for developing engaged student learning and effective learning and teaching enhancement. At its heart, partnership is about applying well-evidenced and effective approaches to learning, teaching and assessment with a commitment to open, constructive and continuous dialogue. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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HEA Knowledge HUB

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 HEA blog posts