Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

AdvanceHE - membership benefits for UoE staff

The University is a member of Advance HE. Find out about the membership benefits available to University of Edinburgh staff, including webinars, publications, and an online platform to connect with others.

In Partnership – latest newsletter

Newsletters from Advance HE, keeping member institutions updated on their upcoming events, publications and opportunities.

In Partnership newsletter July 2020 (PDF)

In Partnership newsletter June 2020 (PDF)

In Partnership newsletter Spring 2020 (PDF)

In Partnership newsletter March 2020 (PDF)

Covid-19 and related support resources

Creating socially distanced education and campuses - project reports

This project aims to support member institutions around one of the next key questions for higher education institutions:  ‘when we open our campuses, HOW are we going to do that?’.  Member benefit reports are already available for the ‘Induction’ and ‘Space and Place’ themes, and further reports will follow for ‘Quality’, ‘Inclusion’, ‘Design and Delivery’ over the next month. A capstone report will also be published for sharing with the entire sector.

Creating socially distanced education and campuses project

Previous webinar recordings

Recordings of previous webinars are available, with recent topics including:

  • Practising Safer Flex? Why Structured flexibility might be the solution for effective learning in a post-pandemic world
  • Higher Education Leadership in the Pandemic Age – from crisis to connected campus
  • COVID-19 response series – Learning spaces and beyond; connected learning while physical distancing
  • COVID-19 response series – Safe(r) for staff? Equality implications for ‘re-opening’ university and college campuses in the age of COVID-19
  • Governing universities – Solutions for a dynamic world

Please note that member benefit webinars require log in to Advance HE Connect to view them.

Blogs & resources

Inclusive responses during challenging times- Advance HE EDI colleagues have written a series of useful blogs. Please see a further 5 examples in this Useful Resources - Covid-19 PDF

Blog: Learning in the time of COVID-19

Blog: Leading through coronavirus: strategy, sweet spots and shifting to sustaining

Blog: Is necessity the mother of invention?

Advance HE contral newsletter April 2020 - AdvanceHE COVID-19 support update

AdvanceHE central newsletter March 2020 - AdvanceHE COVID-19 support update

Advance HE Connect

The new Advance HE online platform is called Advance HE Connect. It provides a networking tool for colleagues to Connect, Share and Collaborate with colleagues both nationally and internationally.

It already has more than 14,000 activated users, plus various open and closed networks linked to Learning and Teaching, including Global Associate Fellows/Fellows/Senior/Principal Fellows (open), Learning and Teaching Network (open), Scottish Principal Fellows (closed), Accredited Programme Leaders (closed). Members are also very welcome to establish their own networks (which can be either closed or open groups)

Further information, and to join Advance HE Connect

Advance HE Connect platform


Advance HE runs free monthly webinars on their Advance HE Connect platform involving respected panel members and insight from across the UK and beyond on a range of contemporary topics, themes and issues pertinent to today’s sector.

These are open to all colleagues within member institutions. Upcoming topics:

Webinar Calendar of events (plus booking links)

Recordings of previous webinars are also available.

Intercultural Curriculum: Online Thematic Series

Topics for the online Thematic Series are identified by the Scottish sector, and resources are authored and curated by colleagues from Scottish institutions.

The resources aim to guide practitioners to relevant material and experiences to support them in developing their own teaching practice. The most recent edition on the ‘Intercultural Curriculum’ was curated by Dr Catriona Cunningham from the University of Stirling and includes case studies from four different colleagues:

Intercultural curriculum – find out more

Colleagues may also find this resource useful when considering UKPSF Dimension V1 (‘Respect individual learners and diverse learning communities’). There is also an accompanying ‘Intercultural Curriculum’ network within Advance HE Connect that colleagues are welcome to join to continue discussions and share further resources.

Teaching Excellence Awards (NTFS and CATE)

The Advance HE National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE) are now closed for 2020.

Read about the University's nominations

To enquire about CATE and NTFS at Edinburgh, please contact Rayya Ghul in the first instance:

Rayya Ghul

Lecturer (University Learning & Teaching)

Contact details


As part of the member benefit package, Advance HE are also in the process of planning and releasing publications, again exclusively available to members through their Connect platform and appearing throughout the year.

Further information, and to join Advance HE Connect