November 15, 2010

The Future of the Higher Education Academy – Statement from Chief Excecutive

A statement from the Chief Executive of the Higher Education Academy has set out the future organisation and structure:

The HEA's future work will concentrate on activity that supports institutions and their staff in improving teaching in higher education. The Board has agreed a range of services which will be built around three aspects of the student learning experience - teacher excellence, developing academic practice, and institutional strategy.

As a core part of its role, the HEA remains committed to supporting academics in their disciplines.  Key services such as the provision of subject-level support to new teachers and graduate teaching assistants, and consultancy support at departmental level will be provided and delivered by subject specialists and a network of academic associates. Employment arrangements for both core specialist staff and associates will be determined flexibly, with many based in or linked to HEIs. The HEA will provide on-line materials, events and subject-specific resources to academics in different discipline areas. It will continue to work with the Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies and subject associations.

The HEA will however deliver its work under a new arrangement. The Academy is restructuring to increase the proportion of overall HEA resource that is spent directly on work with institutions and lecturers and build in greater flexibility. It is simplifying its management structures to operate as a single organisation. As part of these changes, from 2012 we will no longer be grant funding universities to support the network of 24 Subject Centres.

I am confident that the HEA will continue to provide a valuable resource to discipline communities under its new arrangements.

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