La Trobe Academy

We recognise the key role that our learning and teaching staff play in delivering globally recognised education to our diverse student body.

Through the La Trobe Academy, we provide world-class continuous professional learning for staff and recognise and reward excellence in teaching and learning delivery and support.

We will support our staff to lead the infusion of scholarship and innovation in learning and teaching across the wider university community through mentoring, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

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Advance Higher Education partnership

We recently began an institutional partner agreement with Advance Higher Education (AHE). AHE is an independent not-for-profit organisation in the UK which champions learning and teaching across the international higher education sector. AHE developed the internationally-endorsed Professional Standards Framework (PSF) to benchmark teaching excellence. This partnership will enable us to develop a range of AHE-accredited professional learning pathways that lead to professional recognition (HEA Fellowships) for our staff.

HEA Fellowships

HEA Fellowships are recognised as a badge of teaching excellence and are a transportable credential between institutions across the world.

Fellowships are offered at four levels, according to the appropriate level of experience in teaching or learning support.  There are currently over 116,000 HEA Fellows worldwide, with approximately 2,500 of these from Australia.

HEA Fellowships will form part of a suite of La Trobe Academic programs, aimed at developing, recognising and rewarding staff excellence in teaching and learning support.

These programs are suitable for a diverse range of academic and professional staff with different levels of experience – from early career teachers to those who can demonstrate deep, strategic learning and teaching impact within the institutional, national or international context. The programs are also accessible to our sessional teaching staff or those that support learning in non-teaching roles.

HEA Fellowship Categories

DescriptorCategoryCareer Stages
D-1Associate FellowEarly career teaching/research staff, sessionals or teaching support staff
D-2FellowEarly career academics or experienced teaching support staff
D-3Senior FellowExperienced staff able to demonstrate impact and influence
D-4Principal FellowHighly experienced educators demonstrating sustained strategic and policy leadership

Next steps

Over the next twelve months, LTLT will be developing a number of professional learning programs (pathways to HEA Fellowship) that are aligned to AHE’s Professional Standards Framework.

This includes a selection of taught modules in the form of micro-credentials, as well as non-taught experiential routes.  Our aim is to have these programs accredited by AHE in 2020. Accreditation will enable us to directly award HEA Fellowships to staff who successfully complete these programs.


A cohort of staff are being supported to develop their HEA Fellowship application over the coming months.  This is the first group of staff that will progress through this world-class professional learning experience, leveraging our institutional partnership with AHE.

This cohort are referred to as the ‘Vanguard’, signifying their importance in leading the infusion of scholarship and innovation in learning and teaching across the wider university community through mentoring, collaboration and knowledge sharing.


For all enquiries please contact La Trobe Academy.