As outlined in the Student Strategy 2016-2020 White Paper, UQ is committed 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. After a successful pilot in 2016/17 we're pleased to announce a further round.

Staff and students interested in gaining HEA Fellowship recognition for their existing experience in teaching and learning can do so through one of two current routes:

  1. Supported route
  2. Independent route

Information session

A one-hour information session for all those wishing to find out more about the HEA Fellowship will be held on the 11th of August. Register for this event via Eventbrite here. All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend. Presenters will provide guidance as to optimal routes and categories of Fellowship.

Resources from the information session:

The Professional Standards Framework

1. Supported route

Mid career and early career teaching staff, professional staff who support teaching and learning at UQ and PhD students who have experience in teaching are able to develop a portfolio with support from existing HEA Fellows and ITaLI staff.

Staff and students applying through the “Supported” route will be funded and supported by the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI). There will be a limit of 50 participants in the 2017 round.

  • Eligibility

    Applicants wishing to participate in the HEA Fellowship pilot group must fulfil the following eligibility:

    • Have teaching experience or experience supporting teaching and learning;
    • Hold an academic or professional appointment of at least 0.5 FTE;
    • Ordinarily a hold an appointment for a three-year term (if a staff member’s appointment is less than three years at the time of application they need to present a special case to explain why they should be considered); and
    • Have the support of their Head of School and Executive Dean or equivalent (e.g. Head of Division) to commit the time required to complete an application.
    • Be prepared to help foster a HEA Fellowship community at UQ on successful application by agreeing to:
      • Mentor other staff through the application process;
      • Present at school, faculty and/or other UQ fora, such as Teaching and Learning Week;
      • Be prepared to contribute to the development and delivery of HEA Fellowship support activities in the future; and
      • Contribute to building an ongoing HEA Fellowship community.
  • Anticipated time commitment

    To develop a successful Fellowship portfolio, participants will have the opportunity to attend the equivalent of three days (24 hours) of scheduled information sessions, workshops and mentoring sessions before the end of December 2017. In addition to these scheduled sessions, applicants will be required to invest further time to develop their application. As a guide, an application may take approximately three weeks (100-150 hours). The time commitment may depend on the level of the Fellowship and the material the applicant already has which may be repurposed as part of the HEA Fellowship application. 

  • Expression of Interest (EOI) Process


    Those wishing to apply to be part of the pilot group are required to complete the Expression of Interest form. Applications are to be submitted to ITaLI by 21 August 2017 via

  • Notification of EOI outcome

    There are 50 places available in the Supported Route. Participants will be selected by a group of existing HEA Fellows. Candidates will be selected based on potential for successful outcome, spread across discipline areas and across Fellowship categories.

    ITaLI will notify applicants and the respective Heads of Schools/Divisions and Executive Dean or equivalent (e.g. Head of Division) of the outcome of their EOI by 28 August.

  • Support for HEA Fellowship pilot group participants

    The University will cover the costs associated with submission and assessment of the Fellowship application.

    ITaLI will support participants by:

    • Providing advice and guidance on application content;
    • Facilitating critical friend and mentoring support;
    • Coordinating application writing sessions; and
    • Providing administrative support.
  • Key Dates

    Below are the key dates for the HEA Fellowship Supported Route:

    1 August  2017

    Invitation to nominate sent to Faculties, UQ Graduate School, Student Affairs Division and ITaLI 

    1 – 21 August 2017

    Applicants develop their EOI

    11 August 2017

    Information session hosted by ITaLI

    21 August 2017

    EOIs submitted to ITaLI via

     28 August 2017

    Selected participants announced by PVC(T&L) 

    5 September 2017

    HEA Fellowship Introduction Session hosted by ITaLI (for confirmed) 

    5 September – 15 December 2017

    Application development, including workshops, writing sessions and one-on-one mentoring 

    4 – 6 December 2017 TBC

    Writing retreat

    20 December 2017

    Deadline for all applications to have been submitted to HEA

2. Independent Route

Academic and professional staff who wish to apply directly to the HEA for recognition can still benefit from the discounted rate afforded by UQ’s subscription to the HEA.

Applicants in the independent route develop their portfolios using the guidance provided by the HEA and the support documentation available here.

A final draft of a completed portfolio is to be sent to for final review and feedback from an existing HEA Fellow. The applicant uploads final versions. Costs for the assessment are to be met by the applicant, using the UQ discount rate. 

Principal Fellows

Principal Fellows are typically:

  • highly experienced and/or senior staff with wide-ranging academic or academic-related strategic leadership responsibilities in connection with key aspects of teaching and supporting learning;
  • staff responsible for institutional strategic leadership and policymaking in the area of teaching and learning;
  • staff who have strategic impact and influence in relation to teaching and learning that extends beyond their own institution.

Principal Fellow applicants will work with mentors and peers to develop a portfolio that will be assessed by international leaders in teaching and learning.

You can download the Expression of Interest form for Principal Fellows here. (Note that the application process for Principal Fellows is different to other Fellow categories as different experiences are evidenced.) 

Expressions of interest are to be submitted to by the 18th of September 2017.

ITaLI will fund up to 5 Principal Fellows each year. Applicants will be selected by the DVCA and the PVCT&L.

HEA Fellowship pilot group 2016/2017

The first HEA Fellowship pilot group included staff and PhD students from across the University. Mid-career and early career teaching staff, professional staff who support teaching and learning at UQ, and PhD students who have experience in teaching were encouraged to submit an expression of interest.

The UQ Teaching and Learning community congratulated 22 staff who were awarded with Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship titles in an Awards Ceremony in mid July 2017.

Of those acknowledged for their commitment to teaching quality are four recipients of the prestigious Principal Fellowship: Professor Julie Duck (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences), Professor Sarah Roberts-Thomson (Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences), Associate Professor Lydia Kavanagh (Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology) and Dr Gillian Hallam (UQ Library).

Meet our 2017 HEA recipients
Photos from the 2017 HEA Fellowship Awards Ceremony