After a successful pilot in 2016 and first round in 2017, we are pleased to announce the launch of UQ Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship Scheme which recognises existing experience and expertise in teaching and learning. Expressions of interest are now open for 2018.

With more than 100,000 Fellows across the world, the HEA Fellowship is an internationally recognised badge of professional success for those who teach and support learning in higher education.

This new initiative is aligned to UQ's Student Strategy 2016-2020 and our commitment to developing contemporary and comprehensive ongoing professional development provisions that support and reward teaching and learning performance and facilitate career progression (Goal 3, Initiative 4).

As part of this commitment, the University is supporting academic and professional staff and RHD students to apply for a Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship.


An HEA Fellowship brings you a range of benefits: 

  • Consolidates personal development and evidence of professional practice in your higher education career;
  • Provides a badge of assured quality and a valuable measure of success recognised internationally;
  • Further enhances your career progression, as the Fellowship is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion;
  • Identifies your expertise with the entitlement to use post-nominal letters (AFHEA, FHEA, SFHEA, PFHEA);
  • Demonstrates commitment to teaching, learning and the student experience, through engagement in a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development.

Fellowship categories

There are four different categories of Fellowship which reflect the wide range of professional practice carried out by individuals who teach and/or support learning in higher education.

Associate Fellow


Early career staff.








Staff with a few years of experience.






Senior Fellow


Experienced staff with departmental and/or wider teaching and learning support advisory responsibilities, who have/can mentor new staff.


Principal Fellow


Highly experienced staff, able to provide evidence of a sustained and effective record of impact at a strategic level in relation to teaching and learning, as part of a wider commitment to academic practice.


UQ HEA Fellows Community

The community of HEA Fellows at UQ already counts 70 members and is growing fast.
Meet our 2017 Fellows, three of them are featured below:

Marissa Edwards Saiied Aminossdati Lydia Kavanagh
Dr Marissa Edwards
Assoc Prof Saiied Aminossdati
Assoc Prof Lydia Kavanah

"As an early career academic, I am very proud to be recognised with a HEA Fellowship. I am grateful for the recognition of my achievements to date and see this as a significant step forward in my professional development."

"I am delighted to be acknowledged by the HEA for my efforts and ability to impact and influence student learning. This fantastic experience has enabled me to evaluate and affirm my teaching practice against an internationally recognised educational framework. I have been provided with the opportunity to reflect on my practice, which is a key element in enhancing students’ learning experience. To be part of this global network, I can demonstrate my commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching in higher education."

"I feel very honoured and humbled to have been recognised as a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Sometimes we forget to reflect on our own achievements and applying to the HEA allowed me to consolidate and evidence my commitment to improving the student experience."


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