Accredited Professional Development

Accredited Professional Development

Advance HE: the new name for the Higher Education Academy 

The outcome of the 2017 Bell Review of UK Higher Education Sector Agencies was that the Higher Education Academy (HEA) merge with the Equality Change Unit and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. The resulting new, single body, named Advance HE, formally came into existence on 31st March 2018, with plans to become fully operational by 1st August 2018. Under the new banner the existing, individual HEA Fellowship scheme, aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching & Supporting Learning in H.E. will be retained. Professionally recognised CPD frameworks to support individuals putting forward applications for recognition will also remain.

What will this mean for existing and intending HEA Fellows?

Institutions with HEA Accredited programmes, including our own University of Aberdeen CPD Framework for teaching and supporting learning, will continue to confer HEA Fellowship on successful participants after the merger.  There will be no change to existing Fellowship status or post-nominals.

If staff have questions regarding the merger or the new organisation, Advance HE has published a Q&A section on their website which answers many common queries.  For more specific questions, including about the University of Aberdeen CPD Framework, please contact the Centre for Academic Development (