HEFCE stands for the Higher Education Funding Council for England and is the lead regulatory body for universities and colleges in England. Investment is made on behalf of students and the public to promote excellence and innovation in research, teaching and knowledge exchange.
As part of their regulatory role they collect, synthesise and benchmark data to develop an understanding of trends in higher education and how it contributes to individuals, society and the economy. Find out more.
To gather information about professional teaching standards, HEFCE analysed three years of data on teaching qualifications collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). This award is only given to those who demonstrate their experience and skill in teaching. In addition to this many staff also hold postgraduate qualifications in teaching.
The University of Huddersfield leads the field with over 90% of its academics holding a teaching qualification – some of our newly appointed staff are in the process of gaining the qualification. The second place institution came in with 84%.
University study is an investment and we understand that you want to ensure you’re getting the very best for the fees that you pay. Knowledgeable, qualified teachers can inspire you to be the best that you can be and support you to achieve great things – in turn this can help you leave Huddersfield as a highly employable graduate.
You can find out more about all our academic staff, including their research interests, industry experience and published work here.
No, it’s not the same. Teachers within primary and secondary schools need to attain their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to become a classroom teacher. This is a requirement set out by the Government, but it doesn't qualify someone to teach in Higher Education.
By contrast becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) is the main professional recognition for Higher Education teaching. While it's not a requirement set out by the Government it's a sign of our ongoing commitment to quality teaching and learning.
Not at all. In fact, all of our full-time academics have a doctorate or are registered on a path towards achieving one. We've world-leading applied research groups in biomedical sciences, engineering and physical sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities (REF 2014). You can find out more about all our academic staff, including their research interests, industry experience and published work here.
Knowledgeable, qualified teachers can inspire you to be the best that you can be and support you to achieve great things. These figures confirm the University of Huddersfield’s position as the sector’s leader in our commitment to high quality teaching and learning. Everyone at Huddersfield puts the experience of our students at the heart of their work and in turn this can help you leave Huddersfield as a highly employable graduate.