Higher Education Academy frameWORKSA shared point of reference for the sector

<strong>Higher Education Academy frameWORKS</strong>A shared point of reference for the sector

When you’re looking to address strategic priorities, it really helps to have a shared point of reference and common language to discuss and shape policies, practices, processes and partnerships.

That’s why we’ve developed a series of strategic frameworks, created in response to, and in collaboration with, the higher education sector. Frameworks in the series include:


Each framework draws on extensive evidence and experience, is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework and can be adapted and applied to different disciplines, modes of study and institutional contexts by a wide range of users.  

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


Higher Education Academy framework for transforming assessment

A shared point of reference for the sector

Assessment plays a vital role in HE. It is essential for measuring the extent of student learning (assessment of learning) as well as of student learning (assessment for learning). Assessment should be designed in ways that promote student learning; whether learning the subject or broader level. Higher Education Academy believes that attention to the methods of assessment and feedback and the use of self-assessment and peer-assessment, coupled with tenets, is fundamental to student learning.


HEA framework for embedding employability

A shared point of reference for the sector

Higher Education Academy views embedding employability as providing the opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, experiences, behaviours, attributes, achievements and attitudes to enable graduates to make successful transitions and contributions, benefitting them, the economy and their communities. Employability is relevant to all students, and at all levels of study so includes both undergraduate and postgraduate provision.


HEA framework for retention

Access (across the student lifecycle), retention (completing a programme of study within a specific timeframe), attainment (cumulative achievements in HE and level of degree-class award) and progression in and beyond education are all components of student success. Success in each of these areas depends on the extent to which students are engaged, and their belonging is fostered within their programme and wider institution, across the whole student lifecycle.

Our coordination of the What works? Student retention and success programme (in partnership with Action on Access and funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and HEFCE), together with 10+ years of other scholarly research and practice have shaped our approach to student retention and informed our framework for student access, retention, attainment and progression.


HEA framework for internationalising higher education

Internationalising HE is a transformative and continual process of sector-wide concern. Learning, teaching and research, and the interconnections between them are centrally important. All students enrolled on UK HE programmes should be beneficiaries of internationalising HE, irrespective of location, background, discipline or mode of study. Promoting a high quality, equitable and global learning experience can help prepare graduates to live in and contribute responsibly to a globally interconnected society.


HEA framework for flexible learning in higher education

Higher Education Academy believes that 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.

Flexible learning requires a balance of power between institutions and students, and seeks to find ways in which choice can be provided that is economically viable and appropriately manageable for institutions and students alike.


HEA framework for student engagement through partnership

A shared point of reference for the sector

In the context of HE, Higher Education Academy regards partnership as a relationship in which all involved are actively engaged in and stand to gain from the process of learning and working together. It is distinct from listening to, or consulting with, students. A partnership between students and staff, among students, or between Higher Education Provider (HEPs) and students’ unions is student engagement, but not all student engagement is partnership; hence the approach here is engagement through partnership.


Higher Education Academy Consultancy

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).