The project builds on a 2009 UK Higher Education Academy report by University of Leicester on reward & recognition for teaching and internationally recognised work about the same time at University of Wollongong on promotions criteria and peer review of teaching-related activities.
The project from Leicester and the project from Wollongong pointed to the need to bridge the gap between policy and practice in academic promotion in order to better recognise teaching as core to academic work and therefore core to the assurance of standards in higher education.
International in reach, this 2012 HEA project involved two British and two Australian universities developing benchmarks and frameworks for:
The benchmarks were trialled in the four universities and validated with sixteen further universities in order to produce a Benchmarking Guide which can be adopted and adapted across the higher education sector in the UK and Australia.
Another important resource flowing from this project was a guide to evidencing teaching for promotion, Making Evidence Count.
The resources were distributed to all Australian and UK universities in 2013. They are available on the website of the renamed HEA, now called Advance HE.
They were relaunched in the UK in 2018 as part of a follow-on project by two of the UK team members which has been published as Guiding Principles for Teaching Promotions.
The resources on this website are the original versions designed by the team before they were redesigned into HEA format. The HEA editing process introduced a number of errors which were not corrected. The Promoting Teaching team prefers these versions here!
Publications resulting from this project appear on the individual pages of Promoting Teaching team members in the Learned Colleagues section.