The Higher Education Academy (HEA) accredits initial and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes which are delivered by higher education providers both within the UK and internationally.

The UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (UKPSF) is a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking success within HE teaching and learning support. The UKPSF can be applied to personal development programmes at individual or institutional level to improve the quality of learning and teaching and recognise excellence.

HEA Accreditation provides external and independent confirmation that professional development is aligned with the UKPSF and provides participants on accredited programmes with the opportunity to be professionally recognised through the Higher Education Academy’s Fellowship scheme in recognition of their continuing success in teaching and learning support.

A range of programmes which are designed to meet the development needs of staff who teach and/or support learning are eligible for HEA accreditation. Many institutions offer postgraduate certificates, continuing professional development (CPD) programmes and stand-alone modules, but other institution-led programmes may be eligible.

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