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Professor Sally Bradley

Job Title:
Senior Adviser (Professional Learning and Development), Advance HE

Sally has worked for Advance HE, formally the Higher Education Academy, for the last 6 years, initially as Academic Lead for HEA Fellowships and UKPSF. She has worked with more the 150 strategic leaders of learning and teaching on their professional development and the development of their Principal Fellowship applications.

She is an experienced academic with more than 22 years of UK higher education and is an Institute of Leadership and Management qualified Executive Coach.  She holds an Honorary Professoriate from the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University, where she worked for 15 years, and as a pedagogic researcher she was returned in the Sheffield Hallam University Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2008.

Sally has worked as HEA Accreditor and reviewed Senior Fellowship applications for the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) fellowship scheme. Prior to joining the HEA, she was Co-Chair of the SEDA conference committee.

Sally is a Principal Fellow of the HEA, Senior Fellow of SEDA and Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. She holds a PhD from Lancaster University in Educational Research, an MSc in Strategic Information Systems Management from Sheffield Hallam University and a BSc (Hons) in Computing and Systems from the Open University.


  • HEA Fellowship
  • Executive Coaching
  • Pedagogic research
  • Promoting teaching, career development
  • Leadership development

Currently working on:

  • Student Mental Wellbeing
  • Promoting HEA Fellowships: Principal Fellowships, Fellowships within alternative providers, and Professional Bodies, and non-traditional staff supporting student learning – Technicians, Clinical Educators and Graduates Researchers who teach.
  • Academic Career Development
  • EDI in the curriculum
  • Leadership Development

Recent keynote -  International Conference on Engaging Pedagogy - Voice of the Educator in Ireland