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).

The program provides aspiring fellows with the opportunity to not only gain credit for what they have already achieved, but also to plan and work towards future development, with the support of UQ’s HEA Fellowship community and ITaLI staff.

If you are ready to submit an Expression of Interest, go straight to Apply for an HEA Fellowship page

Why participate?

There are more than 169,000 fellows across the world, including more than 450 at UQ. 

In this short video, HEA@UQ Program Coordinator A/Prof Deanne Gannaway explains why you may want to engage with the HEA community.



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.

Which Fellowship category is right for me?

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. Each Fellowship category is underpinned by the Professional Standards Framework (PSF)

To help you decide, watch this short video and complete this online assessment tool (~10–20 minutes):

Fellowship category decision tool

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.


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."

Saiied 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."

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."

Ready to apply?

If you are interested in participating in the HEA@UQ program, you can submit an Expression of Interest all year round. Find out about whether you are eligible, key dates and the overall process: