Department for Curriculum and Quality Enhancement

Development and Support

A number of associations and groups provide useful information for the support and development of learning and teaching.

HEA/QAA Relevant Documents and Sites

  1. Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)
    SEDA is the professional association for staff and educational developers in the UK, promoting innovation and good practice in higher education.

  2. The Higher Education Academy (HEA)
    The HEA works with individual academics to give them access to professional recognition, advice and support, as well as networking and development opportunities to enhance their teaching. The HEA has a number of discipline-based subject areas that provide a range of services to subject specific resources, events and workshops. From the main site you will find information on and links to:

  3. Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
    JISC helps universities and colleges to develop flexible and creative curricula that harness the benefits of modern digital technologies. They aim to ensure that teachers are confident in using these new technologies and are able to make effective use of them in all aspects of course design, development and delivery.

Recommended Reading

  1. International staff
    The International staff website provides helpful advice on how to make the smooth transition to living in the UK and working in the UK higher education system.

Other Useful Documents and Sites

  1. LearnHigher: Excellence in learning development
    The LearnHigher Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is a partnership of 16 universities, led by Liverpool Hope University, committed to improving student learning by providing excellent resources to support students' learning development, and through practice-led research to inform the effective use of those resources. The pages link to resources in 20 Learning Areas and are freely available to all.

  2. Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)
    HEFCE distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges. In doing so, it aims to promote high-quality education and research, within a financially healthy sector. The Council also plays a key role in ensuring accountability and promoting good practice.

  3. Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)
    SRHE is a UK-based international learned society concerned with advancing understanding of higher education, especially through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by systematic research and scholarship. The Society aims to be the leading international society in the field, as to both the support and the dissemination of research.

  4. The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (ISSOTL)
    ISSOTL serves faculty members, staff, and students who care about teaching and learning as serious intellectual work. The goal of the Society is to foster inquiry and disseminate findings about what improves and articulates post-secondary learning and teaching. The ISSOTL resource page provides links to a number of international societies, publications and online tools and outlets.