Useful external resources

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Adult learning

NIACE - National Organisation for Adult Learning (England and Wales)

NIACE is the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, the national voice for lifelong learning.  We are a large, internationally respected development organisation and think-tank, working on issues central to the economic renewal of the UK, particularly in the political economy, education and learning, public policy and regeneration fields.

Career development

Professional body for HR and people development.

Independent organisation dedicated to supporting career development and active, career-related learning.

Society for Education and Training (SET) is the new professional membership organisation of the Education and Training Foundation for practitioners working in the post-16 education and training sector. Since the close of the Institute for Learning (IfL) in November 2014, SET has taken on its legacy and continues to support practitioners through their professional membership.

  • LfHE - Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

The Leadership Foundation is committed to developing and improving the management and leadership skills of existing and future leaders of higher education. Wherever the opportunity arises we shall work in partnership with a range of organisations within and outside of higher education for the benefit of the sector.

  • POD - Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education, USA

The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education is devoted to improving teaching and learning in higher education. Founded in 1976, POD provides its members with personal and academic relationships that are essential for professional growth. 

UCU - University and College Union -

UCU is the largest trade union and professional association for academics, lecturers, trainers, researchers and academic-related staff working in further and higher education throughout the UK.

Higher education -general

 HEA Higher Education Academy

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is the national body which champions teaching quality. Provides value to the HE sector by focusing on the contribution of teaching as part of the wider student learning experience. 

HEFCE aims to create and sustain the conditions for a world-leading system of higher education which           transforms lives, strengthens the economy, and enriches society.

HEFCW regulates fee levels at universities, ensures a framework is in place for assessing the quality of higher education and scrutinises the performance of universities. 

The Higher Education Policy Institute was established in 2002 to shape the higher education policy debate through evidence. 

American Association for Higher Education & Accreditation, Inc (Formerly AAHE), is one of the oldest associations in the United States dedicated to the advancement of higher education. 

use rigorous research and evidence-based policy to address and provide solutions to complex problems in higher education. We publish research reports and policy papers and we submit evidence to parliamentarians, government and other agencies. 

The independent body ?entrusted with monitoring and advising on standards? and quality in UK higher education. 

STLHE strives to be the pre-eminent national voice, and a world leader, for enhancing teaching and learning in higher education. STLHE supports research, its dissemination, increased awareness, and application of research through scholarly teaching and learning. 

Purpose to encourage educational development in higher education, promote cooperation and exchange of experiences on educational development in higher education, strengthening identity and promoting professional development among people engaged in development-oriented work in the higher education field. 

UCISA represents almost all the major UK universities and higher education colleges and has a growing membership among further education colleges, other educational institutions and commercial organisations interested in information systems and technology in UK education, providing a network of contacts and a powerful lobbying voice.


Action on Access, a support and change-management organisation, the national provider of coordination and support for furthering widening participation and access to higher education across the UK since 1999.

  • British Dyslexia Association

Being able to identify signs of dyslexia in the education environment is beneficial for both the student and the teacher / tutor. The information contained within the Educators section of this website provides useful hints and tips for Educators of all levels and also students, as well as vital information on access arrangements, screening and assessment.


The world's first and oldest international university network, established in 1913. A UK-registered charity, the ACU has over 500 member institutions in developed and developing countries across the Commonwealth. Drawing on the collective experience and expertise of our membership, the ACU seeks to address issues in international higher education through a range of projects, networks, and events.

An independent, membership-based professional society dedicated to the promotion of good practice in learning and teaching throughout the island of Ireland

The Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia is a scholarly society for people committed to the advancement of higher and tertiary education. It promotes the development of higher education policy, practice and the study of teaching and learning.

Promotes educational and academic development in higher education world-wide. ICED is a network whose members are themselves national organisations or networks concerned with promoting good practice in higher education. The ICED Council is formed by Presidents, or their representatives, of a country’s academic staff development network(s).

The Scottish Further and Higher Education Funding Council (SFC) is the national, strategic body that is responsible for funding teaching and learning provision, research and other activities in Scotland's 25 colleges and 19 universities and higher education institutions. 

Universities Scotland is the representative body of Scotland's 19 higher education institutions. We develop policy on behalf of the university sector and campaign publicly on higher education issues.

Definitive voice for universities in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to members, to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector. 

Universities Wales

Universities Wales (Unis Wales) represents the interests of universities in Wales, and is a National Council of Universities UK. Unis Wales’s membership encompasses the Vice Chancellors of all the universities in Wales, and the Director of the Open University in Wales.


SEDA's journal -  Innovations in Education and Teaching International 

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is the new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. 

The Society for Research into Higher Education is a UK-based international learned society concerned to advance understanding of higher education, especially through the insights, perspectives and knowledge offered by systematic research and scholarship. The Society aims to be the leading international society in the field, as to both the support and the dissemination of research


Official source of data from universities and HE colleges  

Compare official course data from universities and colleges


The National Union of Students (NUS) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions.


ALT is the UK's leading membership organisation in the learning technology field. Purpose is to ensure that use of learning technology is effective and efficient, informed by research and practice, and grounded in an understanding of the underlying technologies, their capabilities and the situations into which they are placed.

Registered charity and champion the use of digital technologies in UK education and research.

Professional services

The AUA exists to advance and promote the professional recognition and development of all who work in professional services roles in higher education, and to be an authoritative advocate and champion for the sector.

SCONUL promotes awareness of the role of academic libraries in supporting research excellence and student achievement and employability, and represents their views and interests to government, regulators and other stakeholders. It helps academic libraries collaborate to deliver services efficiently, including through shared services, and to share knowledge and best practice