Annual CPD review

The HEA requires institutions to complete a brief annual review of all accredited CPD schemes. At present the HEA does not require an annual review for accredited taught programmes.

An HEA template is provided for this report, which contains data personal to the institution. This personalised template will be sent to institutions during May each year.

These annual reports serve several purposes. They:

  • provide a platform for celebrating the positive impact that developmental opportunities offered through accredited provision have made within the organisation
  • encourage institutions to evaluate the strengths and areas for further development of their accredited provision to lead to future improvements in the next accreditation cycle
  • will be used to inform the opportunities for support and guidance material provided by the HEA
  • will inform the annual visit planning of the HEA as part of sector wide quality enhancement initiatives
  • will help the HEA to identify good practice which the HEA may then be able to disseminate with the wider sector with the permission of the institution concerned.

Analysis of the 2015-16 Annual CPD Review

This 2015-16 summary report, again authored by Dr Ruth Pilkington presents an analysis of the second cycle of annual reporting on HEA accredited CPD schemes. The full report is accompanied by a shortened version which highlights key points.

In this second reporting cycle, 109 scheme leaders have provided data and evaluation on various aspects of their institution’s accredited scheme. The depth of evaluation provided demonstrates the value of Annual CPD Reviews as a tool to monitor, inform and evidence practice across the sector.

From the commentary provided by the accredited CPD scheme leaders, it is apparent that HEA accredited CPD schemes are;

  • Raising awareness of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and the role of teaching and learning across an institution;
  • Providing a focus for mechanisms of culture change, both hard and soft, that allow conversations about teaching and learning to be held and sharing facilitated;
  • Providing a clear stimulus and framework for recognition and reward to become part of institutional strategy, HR and quality systems and processes.

The full 2015-16 report is available to download here

A shortened 2015-16 report is available to download here

2015-16 annual review template is available here
2015-16 associated guidance document is available here

The 2014-15 full report is available to download here.

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Programme of annual visits

In addition to requiring an annual review from institutions with accredited CPD provision, annually the HEA will visit a number of institutions to observe their internal fellowship judgement-making processes. These institutions will be contacted in advance to arrange a visit, although the HEA reserves the right to request access to the operation of any accredited programmes.

The HEA team will visit a variety of institutions, spread across the UK, with schemes that are already in operation including a mix of those in year one, two and three of the accreditation cycle. These visits will provide the sampled institution with constructive developmental feedback on the operations observed and will inform the opportunities for support and guidance material provided by the HEA. If concerns arise as a result of an institutional visit the HEA will be able to work with the institution in a proactive, developmental manner to ensure that provision operates as explicitly accredited.

Contact us

The HEA team are happy to support any queries relating to completion of the annual review and ask for any emails to please be sent to

If you have any questions about the programme and process of institutional visits then please email the accreditation mailbox at or phone 01904 717500.

Useful resources

A generic copy of the template for 2015-16 academic year with associated guidance will be added to this page in March 2016. The link will be circulated to all accredited CPD scheme managers.

Please refer to the HEA accreditation policy 2016-17 for further explanation both in terms of process and requirements related to HEA accreditation.