HEA@UQ is a professional recognition program that supports those with teaching and learning experience and expertise to gain accreditation through the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

With more than 150,000 Fellows across the world, the HEA Fellowship is a growing international recognition scheme for university educators.

This new initiative is aligned to UQ's Student Strategy 2016-2020 (PDF, 1.2MB) 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 an HEA Fellowship through the HEA@UQ program.



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.

1. Associate Fellow


Early career staff with limited teaching and learning portfolio.

2. Fellow


Staff with a few years of experience and/or substantive teaching and learning responsibilities.

3. Senior Fellow


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

4. 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.

HEA@UQ Fellows Community

The community of HEA Fellows at UQ already counts over 380 members and is growing fast. Three of our Fellows are featured below.

View the list of HEA Fellows

Dr Marissa Edwards
"As an early career academic, I am very proud to be recognised with an 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."
A/Prof Aminossadati
"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."
A/Prof Lydia Kavanagh
"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."

For more information

School-based information sessions are available on request. Please contact professional.learning@uq.edu.au for more information. 

Please note: if you are interested in submitting an EOI, or if you are currently developing a Fellowship application and have some questions, bookable consultations with Fellows are available.