The Higher Education Academy, York, UK
The Higher Education Academy champions excellent learning and teaching in higher education. It is a national and independent organisation, funded by the four UK HE funding bodies and by subscriptions and grants. Its mission, as stated in the Strategic Plan 2012-2016, is to use its expertise and resources to support the higher education community in order to enhance the quality and impact of learning and teaching. This is done by recognising and rewarding excellent teaching, bringing together people and resources to research and share best practice, and by helping to influence, shape and implement policy.