Universities across the world are striving to enhance the quality of the student experience; central to this mission is the establishment of an academic culture that celebrates, rewards and supports university teaching achievement. Advancing Teaching is a global initiative to improve the reward, recognition and evaluation of university teaching. It is working with universities across the world to support and inform change to academic career pathways and institutional recognition systems.

Career Framework

The Career Framework for University Teaching is a resource to inform change to the institutional reward and recognition of university teaching

Global survey

More than 20 universities worldwide are participating in the Teaching Cultures Survey, which tracks the academic teaching culture over time


Information on the goals and focus of the Advancing Teaching initiative, as well as the timeline of its activities since 2014


Open-access resources, including reports and videos on ambitions, experiences and practices at universities worldwide

2020 webinars

As an alternative to a face-to-face meeting in 2020, two webinars will be held in late November 2020 to bring the network together

Annual meetings

Since 2016, leaders and change makers from universities across the world have come together for an annual meeting

Key project reports


Published: May 2020

Teachng Cultures Survey: 2019 findings

This report outlines key findings from the 2019 Teaching Cultures Survey, in which 15,659 academics participated, from 21 universities and 10 countries.

Teaching Cultures Survey: 2019 findings


This report highlights consolidated findings from 15,659 academics who participated in the 2019 Teaching Cultures Survey, taken from 21 universities across 10 countries. Launched in 2019, the Teaching Cultures Survey is designed to explore the culture and status of teaching in higher education. Most universities participating in the survey are planning or already implementing systemic changes to academic career pathways and the ways in which achievements in university teaching are rewarded. The survey enables them to capture and track the culture and status of university teaching amongst their academic community and compare findings with global peers.

  • Sponsor: 4TU Center for Engineering Education, The Netherlands
  • Published: May 2020
  • www.teachingcultures.com

Published: May 2019

Roadmap for Change

Based on a review of past initiatives to reform university academic pathways, this report offers information on key steps in the process of change and the challenges often encountered

A Roadmap for Change


Aimed at universities considering making changes to the way they recognise and reward teaching achievement, the Roadmap for Change is designed to help institutions avoid the pitfalls commonly associated with such reforms and to optimise the chances of a successful and sustainable change.

The Roadmap offers insight into how the process of reform might be planned and implemented. It draws on the experiences of universities that have engaged in changing institutional support and reward systems for teaching achievement, and is informed by in-depth interviews with individuals who played a key role in designing and delivering institutional reform at these universities. Based on these expert views, the Roadmap identifies strategies associated with successful changes to university systems for recognising and rewarding teaching.

  • Sponsor: 4TU Center for Engineering Education, The Netherlands
  • Published: May 2019

Published: April 2018

Career Framework

This 5 page document summarises the Career Framework for University Teaching, designed to guide and support academic career progression on the basis of teaching achivement

Career Framework for University Teaching


The Career Framework for University Teaching is designed to guide and support the career progression of academics on the basis of their contribution to teaching and learning. Offering both a structured pathway for academic career progression and an evidence base on which to demonstrate and evaluate teaching achievement, the Framework provides a resource that universities can adapt to their academic career structures and progression points. It can be used at each stage of the academic career, including appointment, professional development, appraisal and promotion

This five-page summary of the Framework is designed for use by academics seeking appointment, professional development and/or promotion. It can also be used by managers reviewing or evaluating appointment/appraisal/promotion cases. The document is structured around the three key questions that underpin each level of the Framework:

  • what is the academic’s sphere of impact in their teaching and learning activities?
  • what promotion criteria define the academic’s achievements in teaching and learning?
  • what forms of evidence can be used to demonstrate the academic’s teaching achievements?
  • Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering, UK
  • Published: April 2018
  • www.teachingframework.com