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HEFCE closed at the end of March 2018. The information on this website is historical and is no longer maintained.

Many of HEFCE's functions will be continued by the Office for Students, the new regulator of higher education in England, and Research England, the new council within UK Research and Innovation.

The HEFCE domain - - will continue to function until September 2018. At this point we will close the site entirely and all its information will only be available from the National Web Archive.


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Academic teaching qualifications

Institutions return data on academic teaching qualifications annually through the HESA staff record.

In December 2016 we published sector-level data summaries and the full dataset for each institution. At the same time, a report by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the Higher Education Academy was published, which explores current issues around academic teaching qualifications in the HESA staff record, and recommends improvements to data quality and coverage in future collections.

Following publication, a workshop was held on 19 December 2016 with a range of HE representatives to explore data collection on teaching qualifications and what it means to teach in higher education.

In August 2015 we published the statement below of sector level averages on the types of academic teaching qualification held by staff in universities. We have also written to institutions with their own data and invited them to talk to us about:

  • how the quality of the data can be improved
  • how it can be used in meaningful ways.

Universities who would like additional support in improving their data collection should contact the Institutional Liaison service at HESA:

Universities who would like support in enhancing their academic staff’s continuing professional development as teachers should contact HEA:

This data collection applies only to higher education institutions, not to further education colleges.

The publication of HESA data on academic teaching qualifications

Download the Academic_teaching_qualifications_statement_July_15 as PDF (117 KB)

Page last updated 13 February 2017