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Issue 13 - October 2006 | Page 1/6


The Higher Education Academy is an independent organisation whose mission is to help institutions, discipline groups and all staff to provide the best possible learning experience for their students. We provide an authoritative and independent voice on policies that influence student learning experiences, support higher education institutions, lead and support the professional development and recognition of staff in higher education, and lead the development of research and evaluation to improve the quality of the student learning experience.

We have 24 Subject Centres based in higher education institutions throughout the UK, who provide networking, resources and a wide variety of activities to support HE practitioners, subject departments and discipline communities.
For our subscribers, the HEIs of the UK, we provide tools, practical solutions and research evidence to help them improve their students’ learning experience. We facilitate network groups to exchange practices and ideas – many of them through the medium of JISCmail lists. We accredit programmes of training for new academic staff delivered by HEIs, and are working on ways of accrediting their continuing professional development frameworks. We make available resources, advice and support for specific groups and areas of interest

such as external examiners, e-learning, e-portfolios, institutional research and employability.

HE AcademyResearch literature reviews and surveys offer evidence-informed approaches to policy and practice on topics such as the first-year experience and the relationship between research and teaching. Together with the Leadership Foundation for HE, we run the annual Change Academy event where institutional teams develop the skills for strategic change projects in their institutions.

Our network of Deputy and Pro-Vice-Chancellors and Vice-Principals allows senior managers to share experiences and discuss policy issues, such as how best to manage teaching, learning and student support, and has set up special interest groups on the structure of the academic year and on small and specialist colleges.
We manage the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS), which recognises and rewards individual staff in England and Northern Ireland for their excellence in teaching. The newly launched Project strand of the NTFS presents opportunities to bid for funding to work with National Teaching Fellows on projects that will be expected to bring substantial benefits to student learning experiences in the HE sector.

On behalf of the UK universities’ and HE colleges’ bodies and the UK higher education funding councils, we have developed a national framework for professional standards in teaching and supporting learning. We maintain a register of practitioners which recognises individuals’ expertise and commitment to

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