Teaching excellence in a contemporary research-intensive university

This University has long been recognised for the quality of its teaching and we were proud to be awarded the top grade of ‘TEF Gold’ in the recent national assessment exercise. Yet, as a research-intensive university, we can never stand still. We are always seeking to improve our practices and to learn with and from each other, our students and our colleagues across the sector - nationally and internationally. So, we are delighted to announce our new institute for teaching excellence in higher education.


The Higher Education Futures institute (HEFi)

The aim of HEFi is to support academic staff to deliver effective and innovative teaching throughout their careers. We are a research-intensive institution, and our research-led teaching ensures that our students are engaged in research-intensive learning. This is essential if higher education is to prepare students for their futures.

HEFi brings into one institute all our staff development activity (formerly CLAD), digital education innovation and support (formerly TEL-Hub) and research on practice (formerly the Teaching Academy). All these activities and staff are now part of HEFi and can be accessed through this website. HEFi is both internal and external in its remit: we want to share our practices and learn with and from our colleagues elsewhere.

Over the next 12 months as HEFi becomes fully embedded, academic staff and students will see a number of changes including:

  • A new ‘micro-CPD’ topic available to staff each week
  • Opportunities for staff and students to analyse teaching practices together
  • Expanded digital support
  • New research on higher education learning and teaching
  • News and updates from the sector
  • An extension of the Big Conversation (see below)
  • A new and more accessible innovation base on campus where HEFi staff will be co-located
  • Details of a major conference on the 29th June 2018 that will be streamed and available to interested colleagues across the sector
  • New appointments, including a research Chair to lead HEFi and a new round of Birmingham (Education Innovation) Fellows.

The next phase of the Big Conversation launched on the 23rd April. The topic for discussion is ‘Digital Education’, so visit the blog to have your say.

If you enjoy tweeting, follow @UoB_HEFi and join the conversations.


HEA Global Teaching Excellence Award 2017 TEF Gold HEFi

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