Advance Higher Education Access Partnership for Teaching Excellence at HKBU

Higher Education Academy Fellowship


Presentation of teaching awards to excellent teachers is one of the widely adopted practices in tertiary education to recognise exemplary teaching. At HKBU, in addition to Faculty/School teaching awards, the President’s Award Scheme for Outstanding Performance of Academic/Teaching Staff is organised every year to reward teaching excellence. At the sector level, the UGC introduced the annual UGC Teaching Award scheme since 2011 to honour teachers who excel in teaching.

Given the rapidly changing nature of higher education and the increasing emphasis on quality teaching and support for students’ learning, an internationally benchmarked and holistic framework of what standards constitute quality teaching allows the University to enhance continuing professional development practices for a wide spectrum of academic/teaching staff who are at different stages of career.

In line with international best practices, HKBU is delighted to become an institutional Access Partner to the Higher Education Academy of Advance (HE). This demonstrates HKBU’s commitment as an organisation to teaching and learning in Higher Education. The proportion of staff members receiving professional accreditation would be a useful indicator for HKBU to demonstrate commitment to quality teaching.

Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowship

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) of Advance(HE) is a national body in the United Kingdom which champions teaching excellence in higher education across the globe to improve student outcomes. The organisation work closely with governments, ministries, universities and individual academics in the UK, and around the globe. It is reported that around 40% of teachers and learning support staff in UK universities receive the Higher Education Academy (HEA) fellowship. The fellowship is awarded based on the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), a nationally-recognised framework for benchmarking success within higher education teaching and learning support.

The HEA/Advance(HE) awards four different categories of Fellowship, Associate Fellowship (AFHEA), Fellowship (FHEA), Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) and Principal Fellowship (PFHEA). Such comprehensive progression pathway aligns with the core objectives of HKBU.

For more information on the fellowships and to which fellowship category you should apply, please visit the HEA/Advance(HE) website:

Support from the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning (CHTL)

The CHTL will provide advice to colleagues on pedagogies and ways of putting together a portfolio for submission to the HEA. Please contact one of the following CHTL colleague for consultation:
Dr Theresa Kwong (Director of CHTL, SFHEA):