Launched in November 2023, this review turns a spotlight on the growing momentum for change in how universities worldwide evaluate, reward and recognise teaching. By mapping global practices, the review will chart the institutional, national, and cross-national initiatives reshaping academic career advancement. It will also create a best practices handbook, offering universities an actionable guide to enhance their teaching recognition systems. Both the map and handbook will be made available as open-source resources, designed to inspire and support change across higher education.
The research is guided by an academic advisory group to ensure that the project responds to the most pressing needs of the higher education community. Membership of the advisory group is drawn from the co-funding institutions, with current group members listed below:
The research is co-funded by a consortium of universities from across the world with a particular interest in the reward and recognition of university teaching:
Outlined below are the key stages of the review, undertaken between October 2023 and October 2024.
Project initiation and scoping: initial meetings with university leaders to identify priority
Global Mapping: To (i) identify scale and focus of changes; and (ii) where they look to for best practices. Key outcome will be identification of best practices
Exploration of best practices: To (i) identify scale and focus of changes; and (ii) where they look to for best practices
Report preparation and dissemination: preparation and review of the Global Mapping report and dissemination of the study outcomes, including via the printed/online report and the Advancing Teaching 2024 meeting.