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HEFCE commissioned the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and the Higher Education Academy to explore issues relating to academic teaching qualifications in the HESA staff record, and to recommend improvements to data quality and coverage in future collections.

HESA’s teaching qualifications data records whether academic staff hold a credit-bearing higher education teaching qualification, or another relevant teaching qualification, or have been recognised in other ways for their teaching expertise. In the first two years after collection began in 2012-13, high proportions of staff were returned as ‘not known’, so the data was not published at institutional level. In 2014-15, less than 30 per cent of staff were returned as ‘not known’, so this data can be published. ‘Teaching Qualifications Data for academic staff in higher education institutions 2014-15’ (HEFCE Circular letter 33/2016), presents it at sector-level, and the institutional-level dataset is also available.

This report analyses the proportion of ‘unknowns’, broken down by a variety of factors, including mode of employment, length of service, nationality and discipline. Note that it uses ‘full person equivalent’ for staff numbers, whereas the figures in the circular letter and dataset are based on headcount.