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Reward and recognition

The HEA is committed to supporting and promoting the status of teaching in UK HE. Since 2009, we have explored the extent to which HE providers recognise and reward teaching and believe that excellent teaching should be properly rewarded and recognised.

We work with learning managers to research and improve the professional experience of HE teachers, through consultancy services, awards and accreditation for continuing professional development (CPD) and other professional development provision. The HEA also manages the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) which benchmarks teaching excellence and is invaluable for individuals’ career planning.

Progress report

In 2013 we published 'Rebalancing promotion in the HE sector: is teaching excellence being rewarded?' This report built on previous research by surveying progress within the sector towards a more proactive approach to rewarding and recognising learning and teaching excellence. More than 70 case studies from 55 organisations were collected, covering a range of individuals, institutions, disciplines, and career points. Several barriers to effective reward and recognition are identified and recommendations for future development in this area are presented.

The HEA also brings together teaching and learning support staff through events, publications, funding and networks. In response to demand from the sector, we have pioneered a range of professional recognition services at institutional and individual level to reward excellence in teaching.


Useful resources

- Rebalancing promotion in the higher education sector: is teaching excellence being rewarded?

- Reward and recognition of teaching in higher education: institutional policies and implementation

- Reward and recognition of teaching in higher education: interim report

- Promoting teaching: good practice benchmarks

- Promoting teaching: making evidence count

-- Promoting teaching: benchmarking guide