The Higher Education Academy itself came into being in 2004 through the amalgamation of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN), the Institute for the Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILTHE) and the Higher Education Staff Development Agency (HESDA) in order to enable comprehensive, knowledgeable support for practitioners and institutions with an aim to the greater professionalisation of HE teaching.
The HCA Subject Centre supports teaching and learning in history, archaeology, and classics as broadly defined (the study of the languages and cultures of the Greek and Roman Worlds, including Byzantine Studies and Classical Reception Studies).
The key role of HCA is to be a "one stop shop" for the subject communities for matters relating to learning and teaching both at an individual subject level and with regard to common issues across these three Humanities disciplines. HCA does this by identifying, collecting and disseminating information and material on good practice in teaching and learning, enabling practitioners to share their experience with colleagues for mutual benefit. HCA both funds and publishes disciplinary specific pedagogical research (Ped Res) and development (Ped Dev) and scholarship of teaching and learning (SOTL) .