After a successful pilot in 2016 and first round in 2017, we are pleased to announce the launch of the HEA@UQ program.

HEA@UQ is a recognition program that supports those with teaching and learning experience and expertise to gain recognition as an Associate Fellow, Fellow or Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Expressions of interest are now open (closing on Friday 10 August 2018).

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 HEA Fellowship through the HEA@UQ Program.

Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellowship Scheme

With more than 100,000 Fellows across the world, HEA Fellowship is a professional recognition scheme for university educators, which provides international recognition of individual and institutional commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education.


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
Senior Fellow
Principal Fellow


Early career staff.


Staff with a few years of experience.


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


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. Want to know why you should apply? Read about it in these interviews with some of UQ's Fine Fellows (2017/2018 cohort), meet our 2018 Fellows, or 2017 Fellows, or read about three of our 2017 Fellows featured below:

Marissa Edwards Saiied Aminossdati Lydia Kavanagh
Dr Marissa Edwards
A/Prof Aminossadati
A/Prof Lydia Kavanagh

"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."

Information Session

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