Advance HE was formed in March 2018 through the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. 

The various elements of support for those teaching in UK HE previously provided by the Higher Education Academy continue to be provided by Advance HE.

As Heriot-Watt is a Collegiate Member of Advance HE, staff across the University can benefit from the various support and development opportunities that Advance HE offers. This includes

  • Free access to free webinars exploring various aspects of teaching and learning
  • Access to online communities of practice
  • Discount on early bird conference and event fees
  • Discounts on direct application fees for HEA Fellowships
  • A wide range of professional development opportunities at different career stages

A full list of the Advance HE membership benefits can be found at

An overview of the Advance HE professional development provision is available at

A detailed listing of the professional development opportunities available to you is provided in the Advance HE Scotland: Learning and Teaching Programme of work 2018/19.

Advance HE also offers consultancy to staff in member institutions.  This element is more likely to be of interest to teams wishing to make significant changes to their teaching provision or designing new programmes or teaching approaches.  Further details of what Advance HE offer is available at

Further details can be accessed through the links above or by searching the Advance HE website at