Introduction to the Higher Education Academy

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  • There are several front covers to choose from in the master slides section – go to New slide tab if you want to change the picture. Please use this credentials document as a guide only to layout and appropriate wording around who we are and what we do. We understand that each presentation will be different so do change the content – take out anything irrelevant and profile the areas which are more pertinent. Remember to adapt the case studies dependent on area of organisation you are speaking about. All case studies MUST have approval from the reference Academy and/or individual to be used. This is a best practice guide, please do not use this as a prescriptive and definitive complete presentation.
  • Introduction to the Higher Education Academy

    1. 1. An introduction to the Higher EducationAcademy May 2012
    2. 2. ContentsWho we areHow we can helpEncouraging teaching excellenceSupporting those who teachFacilitating and instigating changeAddressing sector challengesWorking with youAcademic AssociatesContacts 2
    3. 3. Who we are
    4. 4. Who we areThe Higher Education Academy is the national body for learningand teaching in higher education in the UK. We work withinstitutions across the higher education system to bring aboutpositive change that improves the outcomes for students.We do this by recognising and rewarding excellent teaching,bringing together people and resources to research and sharebest practice and by helping influence, shape and implementpolicy.Our work is UK-wide; at individual, institutional, national andinternational level, supporting practitioners in 28 disciplines andat every stage in their careers. 4
    5. 5. What we doFocus on improving students’ Support HE staff throughoutlearning experience their careers from new to teaching to experiencedRecognise and reward excellentteaching Provide a national voice in learning and teaching toFund research to create influence and shape policyknowledge and share currentlearning Help bring about change in institutions, faculties andShare best practice and departmentsinnovative and current learningdevelopments Apply research and evidence to improve student outcomes 5
    6. 6. How we do itWe understand needs vary and Employs a team of academicso the HEA: experts and has built a network of associates in universities andHas a presence and dedicated collegesteams in the nations Brings together people andWorks in 28 disciplines in 4 resources to address sevenclusters (Arts & Humanities, national priority issuesHealth Sciences, Social Sciences,STEM) 6
    7. 7. How we can help: services
    8. 8. How we can helpWe have three core areas:•Encouraging teacher excellence;•Supporting those who teach;•Facilitating and instigating change.We address UK and national priorities. We understand there is no one size fits all and so we assign a dedicated partnership manager to each institution. . 8
    9. 9. Encouraging excellent teachingWe do this by:• Accrediting institutions’ professional development programmes against the national framework (UK Professional Standards Framework);• Providing formal recognition for staff who complete them;• Running national awards schemes to recognise and reward outstanding teachers, including the National Teaching Fellowship and Student-led Awards Schemes. 9
    10. 10. Supporting those who teachWe do this by:• Supporting 28 disciplines and individuals from the day they start right through their career• Funding new research into innovations in learning and teaching and disseminating the findings based on evidence of what works in the classroom• Providing workshops, seminars and events, an Annual and Cluster Conferences, the UK’s most comprehensive selection of online resources, publications and e-journals 10
    11. 11. Bringing about changeWe do this by:• Monitoring policy, hosting the Network of Vice Chancellors and Pro-Vice-Chancellors, helping shape, influence and interpret policy.• Bringing together teams and resources in change programmes to address priority issues such as internationalisation, assessment and feedback and employability.• Working with institutions to interpret and enhance feedback from the National Student Satisfaction and Post-graduate Research and Taught Experience Surveys. 11
    12. 12. Highlights• 435 programmes in 134 HEIs are UKPSF accredited• 30,000 HE staff are recognised as HEA Fellows• Over 450 teaching staff have been nominated NTFs• We provide over £1.5 million in research and travel grants each year• HEA hosts the UK’s largest collection of online resources in the field• We run over 550 generic and discipline-specific events and workshops• The HEA inputs into national policy• Has run over 200 change programmes in over 100 UK HEIs• Runs the only national postgraduate student experience survey 12
    13. 13. Addressing today’s sector How Howwe can help: themes
    14. 14. Sector challengesIn market research conducted in 2011, participants universallyidentified four priorities:• professionalisation of teaching in higher education,• graduate employability,• student satisfaction and• internationalisation of the curriculum and student base. Market Needs Assessment, Kindred Agency, September 2011 14
    15. 15. Sector challenges we are experts in Assessment and feedback Flexible learning Graduate employability Sustainability Internationalisation Reward and recognition Student retention 15
    16. 16. Addressing sector challengesAssessment and feedback Graduate employabilityTimely feedback is essential for student With rise in student fees and a hugelyprogression and improvement competitive job market students are looking to HE to equip them withNSS 2011 – 68% were satisfied with qualifications that set them apartassessment compared with 83% for overallstudent experience and PTES 78% versus 45% of students opt to study in HE to gain88% overall qualificationsHEA works with the higher education We focus on helping institutions embedsystem to gather, interpret and respond to effective employability practice as part ofstudent feedback – sharing insights through the curriculum (change programmes)workshops, seminars and online resources, Key theme of our teaching developmentfunded research grantsWe work with institutions to introduce We host employability events and have annew strategies (see: University of Ulster Employability Network to share bestand Rose Bruford College). practice and the latest resources. 16
    17. 17. Addressing sector challengesInternationalisation Student retentionSince 2001 the number of international Over 1 in 3 students think about leaving HEstudents has risen threefold from 126,720 and around 1 in 15 students do leave theirto 405,805 course eachThe UK is now the second biggest Our research includes ‘What works?destination for overseas students, Student retention and success programme’accounting for 15% of the global market with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Action on AccessWe are working with partners to helpensure UK HEIs are the top of the Interventions have been shown to improveinternational student shortlist. retention rates by around 10% eg. early engagement, creating links with staff,With UKCISA we have developed the providing key information and nurturingTeaching International Students resource belonging.bank And through workshops, literature andThrough teaching development grants and change programmes, the HEA has beeninternational scholarships, we help staff working with institutions and other bodiesengage in innovative new research into to develop and share evidence-informedteaching international students. approaches. 17
    18. 18. Addressing sector challengesFlexible learning Sustainable developmentThere has been a significant increase in the In HEA research, 63% of students said theynumber and diversity of students would give up £1,000 salary to work in a company with a strong social /Since 1994/5 the number of students environmental recordenrolling at UK universities has risen from1.6 to 2.5m ESD gives students the skills to live and work in a more environmentally andFlexible learning looks at the opportunities socially responsible waytechnology presents in HE for students tochoose pace, place and mode in terms of Our work focuses on research,their learning development and sharing ESD best practice and capacity building of individuals andSince 2005, the HEA has piloted a series of institutions to make ESD a part of curriculaFlexible Learning Pathfinder projects withHEFCE involving 8 HEIs in a trial of flexible HEA’s Green Academy and Changeprovision Academy programmes support sustainability and embedding it withinWe support institutions through institutions.demonstrators and our Employer LearningNetwork. 18
    19. 19. Addressing sector challengesReward and recognition Reward and Recognition Enhancement Change Programme (RARE) is a newUnderpinning all our work is our programme working with institutions tocommitment to ongoing enhancements in bring about cultural changelearning and teaching that result in the bestpossible outcomes for students The HEA will be reviewing the NTFS consulting with stakeholders from acrossFundamental to this is raising the status of the system. The HEA will work with 40the profession of teaching in UK higher NTFS projects to disseminate outcomeseducation and our belief that excellent with potential sector-wide impactteaching should be properly rewarded andrecognised We are working with the NUS to roll-out Student-led Teaching Awards across the UKOur research with GENIE CETL found over and engage students in recognise effective90% of academic staff think teaching should teaching. Future work will examinebe important in promotions, and most students’ perceptions of teachingacademics feel that the status of teaching is excellence.low in comparison with research . 19
    20. 20. Working with you
    21. 21. Working with you• Dedicated partnership manager; two visits per year to agree priorities, bring together services to meet them; annual institutional report• Access to thematic / discipline experts within the HEA and network of associates – technical experts / managers, leaders in their field and in learning and teaching working with HEA and HEIs on a consultancy basis 21
    22. 22. Academic Associates
    23. 23. Academic Associates• A network of experts to support the work of the HEA across disciplines and themes• Built up of academics from HEIs and educational experts from other organisations• Contracted to undertake activities to help the HEA achieve its aims and objectives• Provides individuals with professional development opportunities and sector wide recognition in their field of expertise 23
    24. 24. Academic AssociatesHow we can support you in your role as an Associate:• Induction events• Code of Conduct• Toolkit of resources• Monitoring of performance• Feedback mechanisms• Regular newsletter 24
    25. 25. ContactQuestions?To find out more about the HEA and Academic Associates please visit http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/academic-associatesor email associates@heacademy.ac.ukor tel 01904 717500or contact -Dr Celia Brigg, Academic Lead (Associates)celia.brigg@heacademy.ac.uk 25

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