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.
Advance HE latest newsletters
Newsletters from Advance HE, keeping member institutions updated on their upcoming events, publications and opportunities.
Advance HE Connect
The 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)
Connect Benefit Series - resources, publications and events
The Connect Benefit Series is free and exclusive to all colleagues at Advance HE member institutions and provides a collaborative space for members from across the globe to work with AdvanceHE and each other in understanding and addressing their key challenges.
Providing opportunities to experiment with solutions, innovate and create, share best practice and engage with a range of practical, real-world, applied solutions such as toolkits, podcasts and publications, the projects bring the diverse membership together through live virtual events.
The Connect Benefit Series for 2021-22 comprises four, three-month deep-dive projects and two, six-month longitudinal projects and covering the following priority areas:
- Helping to rethink online pedagogy and factors impacting on student success
- Creating and sustaining an inclusive institution
- Transitions, retention and progression for the ‘COVID generation’
- Maintaining and nurturing organisational wellbeing
- Developing institutions and staff capability for a post-COVID environment.
Current Themes include:
- Transitions, retention and progression - a 3 month ‘deep dive’ theme
- Student Success - a 6 month longitudinal theme
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:
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.
You may also be interested in the project: Tackling racism on campus: Raising awareness and creating the conditions for confident conversations. This is an Advance HE Project funded by Scottish Funding Council and led by an expert group of EDI practitioners, academics, tertiary education staff and students. There are blogs, recordings of previous webinars, and more webinars upcoming in Oct and Nov 2020.
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.
Previous webinar recordings
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
Teaching Excellence Awards (NTFS and CATE)
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) are annual competitions run by Advance HE to identify, recognise and celebrate the UK’s most outstanding individuals and teams having an impact on student outcomes, student experience and the Higher Education sector.
We are delighted to have had a successful National Teaching Fellow every year since competition was opened to Scottish HEIs in 2018.
If you are interested in applying for a National Teaching Fellowship or CATE award or nominating an individual or team for the 2021-22 submission or later, you can find more information and details on how to contact us at:
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.