The 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 review was launched in November 2023 and its findings will be published as an open-source report in November 2024.

Advisory Group

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:

  • Prof. Anne Marie Kanstrup, Pro-rector, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Sam Smidt, Academic Director of Kings Academy, Kings College London, UK
  • Prof. Sofia Ritzén, Dean of Faculty, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Dr Claire Gordon, Director, Eden Centre for Education Enhancement, London School of Economics (LSE), UK
  • Prof. Geir Egil Dahle Øien, Director, Centre for Science and Engineering Education Development, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • Prof. Loreto Valenzuela Roediger, Dean, UC Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Chile
  • Prof. Manon Kluijtmans, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning, Utrecht University, Netherlands

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:

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Review timeline

Outlined below are the key stages of the review, undertaken between October 2023 and October 2024.

Oct–Nov 2023

Project initiation and scoping: initial meetings with university leaders to identify priority

Nov 2023–March 2024

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

Feb–June 2024

Exploration of best practices: To (i) identify scale and focus of changes; and (ii) where they look to for best practices

June–Oct 2024

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.