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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 was established in 1972 to promote the development of higher education policy, practice and the study of teaching and learning. HERDSA encourages and disseminates research on teaching and learning and higher education development. It also works to build strong academic communities.  The current HERDSA Constitution was adopted in 2017.  The current HERDSA Strategic Plan 2021-2023.

HERDSA works to

  • advance educational policy and practice in the higher education and tertiary sector
  • facilitate and promote the enhancement of teaching and learning
  • encourage and disseminate research on higher education and tertiary teaching, learning, development, research, leadership and policy matters
  • recognise and reward outstanding contributions to higher and tertiary education
  • encourage collaboration and the development of professional communities in higher and tertiary education and
  • assist its members in their ongoing professional development.

An Executive Committee is elected every two years and is supported by an administrative office and a number of Officers of HERDSA.

HERDSA membership

HERDSA membership is available to anybody interested in the promotion and enhancement of teaching, learning and academic practice in tertiary and higher education. It encourages interaction with higher education leaders, policy makers, teachers, researchers, managers, learning support staff, academic developers, educational researchers and students.

From time to time, HERDSA confers life membership on individuals in recognition of their sustained and outstanding contributions to HERDSA and higher education.

Details about membership fees and an application form to join HERDSA are available from the Join HERDSA page.

HERDSA Annual Conference

Annual international HERDSA conferences provide opportunities to meet colleagues with similar interests, exchange ideas about learning and teaching, and learning about current developments from experienced researchers and practitioners. The annual conference is held in a different location each year. Visit the Conference webpage for 2021 https://conference.herdsa.org.au/2021/ for further information.

Refereed papers from each HERDSA conference are published in the series Research and Development in Higher Education. Papers from past HERDSA conferences can be accessed from the HERDSA Annual Conferences page.

A number of prizes for papers and presentations are made at each conference.

HERDSA Grants Scheme

HERDSA offers grants to HERDSA members to fund research and/or development projects on teaching and learning in higher education that directly align to the mission of HERDSA.

Details about the current grants available and an application form is available from the HERDSA Grants Scheme page.

HERDSA Journal  (HERD)

HERDSA’s journal, Higher Education Research & Development (HERD), is an international refereed journal of high standing published six times per year. It contains articles on the theory and practice of higher education, interdisciplinary reviews and review essays, research reports and book reviews, short critical notes and reflective pieces. members can access the electronic version of HERD via MY DASHBOARD. Subscription to the print version incurs an additional fee.


HERDSA's  journal, Advancing Scholarship and Research in Higher Education (ASRHE) publishes research on learning and teaching related to all levels of study provided by education institutions offering degree-level courses, from preparation to doctoral studies. Teaching is understood to encompass aspects such as delivery, assessment, course and curriculum design. The focus of articles is on teaching and the impact on teaching and those articles may address a wide range of topics such as specific pedagogies, theories, or technologies. Research focused predominantly on higher education policy or management, or facilitation of research/researcher development in higher education is not within ASRHE’s scope.  ASRHE publishes articles in the two categories of Research in Progress and Research Complete.  Click here for further information

HERDSA Review of Higher Education

This free, online journal is published annually and addresses current issues in higher education through commission articles written by experts in the field.


HERDSA CONNECT is published three times a year. Articles address topical issues in higher education and showcase activities, programs and research. Information is provided about the HERDSA community, publications and conferences.


HERDSA Guides provide practical ideas and information on many aspects of teaching and learning. Written by experts in specific fields Guides are based on current scholarship and good practice. HERDSA Guides and other occasional publications can be purchased online.

HERDSA Notices

HERDSA has a moderated email list produced weekly which keeps members informed about activities of HERDSA and decisions of the Executive committee. The list also distributes current information about higher education and news of job vacancies. Complete the online form at https://www.herdsa.org.au/herdsa-notices to have announcements posted to HERDSA Notices.

HERDSA Networks

HERDSA Networks are currently active in the ACT, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Please see the HERDSA Networks page for further details. These networks regularly host events, seminars and workshops for members.

HERDSA Code of Practice

Code of Practice