About us

The Department of Higher Education (DHE) supports and promotes excellence in learning and teaching at the University of Surrey.

Using a research-led and evidence-based approach, the department enhances learning and teaching across the disciplines. It provides academic leadership and gives direction to the continued professional development of practising university teachers. The DHE helps university staff to achieve teaching excellence in academic practice.

Teaching qualifications and research

DHE provides a framework for the teaching qualifications of academics and academic-related staff, ensuring consistency of standards across the University and offers certificated programmes and academic development opportunities.

It assists the faculties in the implementation of the strategic priorities set out in the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and in the evaluation of pedagogic practice related to innovation in teaching and learning.

In addition to the qualifications it offers, DHE is involved in research into higher education that has gained international recognition.

Support for teachers

DHE supports practising university teachers by:

  • Providing courses, workshops and development events for academic and academic-related staff at the University of Surrey
  • Fostering approaches to learning, teaching and educational policy that are informed by current research
  • Maintaining a focus on enquiry into student learning

For more information on DHE courses and other opportunities please see our professional development page. University of Surrey teaching staff can find more information on the intranet.

Professional services

Name Role Phone Email
Jane Bradford


Grad Cert, MA programmes & CPD workshops

+44 (0)1483 683750 j.bradford@surrey.ac.uk
Joanna Piña


MA programmes & CPD workshops [maternity cover]

+44 (0)1483 684494 j.pina@surrey.ac.uk
Gabriela Straton


MA programmes & CPD workshops [maternity leave]

+44 (0)1483 684193 g.straton@surrey.ac.uk