The HEA is funding a workshop to guide academic promotion policy and practice in both the UK and Australia.
The benchmarking workshop takes place at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and will bring together leading academics from Newcastle University, the University of Leicester, the University of Wollongong and UTAS.
The four institutions involved will be able to share information on and compare promotion policies and processes, as well as staff perceptions of promotion. It will develop a benchmarking framework to be shared at the Universities Australian Higher Education Conference in Canberra in February 2013 and at a UK conference in April.
Professor David Sadler, UTAS' Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Learning), said: "This project builds on a HEA report in 2009 on reward and recognition and internationally recognised work at the University of Wollongong.
"The process includes the development of a self-review template with performance indicators and measures which can be applied across the higher education sector, national and internationally.
"The ultimate aim is to produce the resources to underpin the recognition of teaching as core to the assurance of standards in higher education."
Dr Jeanne Keay, Head of International Strategy at the Higher Education Academy, said: "Recognition of teaching excellence is at the heart of the HEA's work and the opportunity here to share our experience and learn from other models is important in taking a dynamic approach to further developing promotion policy and practice."
Professor Annette Cashmore from the University of Leicester is the UK project leader and Dr Chris Cane (Leicester) and Professors Stephen McHanwell and Sue Robson (Newcastle University) are also team members.
The external evaluator is Dorothy Whittington, Emeritus Professor, University of Ulster.
Seven UK and eight Australian universities are represented on the two international advisory groups. The UK international advisory group includes the HEA's Dr Jeanne Keay, Prof Gavin Brooks (University of Reading), Prof Mick Healey (Gloucestershire), Prof Janice Kay (Exeter), Prof Dai Hounsell (Edinburgh), Prof Allison Littlejohn (Glasgow Calendonia University) and Prof Nick Lieven (Bristol).