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Partnerships in Learning and Teaching (PLanT) Projects Funding Scheme – University of Reading

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Partnerships in Learning and Teaching (PLanT) Projects Funding Scheme

Every year funding of up to £500 is available for Partnerships in Learning and Teaching projects (PLanT).

PLanT projects involve staff and students working as partners to identify problems, find solutions, and enhance teaching and learning at the University. Projects can demonstrate a clear impact on the student experience.

PLanT projects can be of any duration within an academic year but they must be completed (and the associated funding spent) by 31st July.

Scheme Criteria

All proposals must:

  • Demonstrate how students will be actively involved in the design and delivery of the project and, wherever possible, in the evaluation of the project and the dissemination of its outcomes*.
  • Identify how the project will enhance existing practices/develop new practices in the identified area of teaching and learning, and the expected impact on the student learning experience;
  • Identify how evaluation is embedded within the project design, how the project team will reflect on the project's success and how project outcomes will be disseminated**;
  • Demonstrate how the project aligns with the School/Department's Teaching and Learning Plan (this can apply to multiple Schools/Departments as appropriate) and with the University Teaching and Learning Strategy;
  • Identify plans for project-related activities to continue beyond the project and/or for project outcomes to be realised in a sustainable way.

* PLanT projects should be underpinned by the Principles of Partnership. Please note that data collection involving students is not sufficient to demonstrate student engagement with the project as a whole.

 ** Please refer to the section below on Dissemination.

Additional Guidance:

PLanT projects can be of any duration within an academic year but they must be completed (and the associated funding spent) by 31st July.

Applications should clearly set out what projects will involve, including any physical outputs that will be created.

Proposals that involve collaboration across Departments/Schools/Services are particularly welcome. Applicants should ensure that any other Schools/Departments/Services referred to in their application, who will be involved in project implementation, have been consulted as appropriate prior to submitting an application.

If the proposed project is building on a previous TLDF-funded project, the application should refer back to this project as appropriate.


Dissemination of project outcomes is now a prerequisite for applying for future TLDF funding. Successful applicants are therefore required to disseminate progress and/or outcomes of their project. In the first instance, please submit an entry for the T&L Exchange  

An example of a PLanT project report published on the T&L Exchange is available here:

Embedding Employability Through Collaborative Curriculum Design.

 A video created about another 2018/19 PLanT project is available here:

Re-think Assessment: Revamping the PG Cert SENCo assessment - Practices that Work.

If you would like to discuss further opportunities for dissemination, such as a T&L event, please contact CQSD - see below for details.

Application Process

Application dates:

Applications can be submitted from: This scheme is currently closed.

Closing date for applications: This scheme is currently closed.

Applicants will normally receive the Selection Panel's decision and feedback (usually via email) within four working weeks of the closing date.


 The application form will be available here when the scheme opens.


The application form is in a Word format and can be accessed either on campus or off campus using VPN.

If you experience any difficulties completing the application form please contact Martin Wise 

Applicants must convert the completed application into one pdf file and submit this electronically to Martin Wise ( by 5pm on the day of the submission deadline.

The PLanT application can be submitted by students or staff members.

Proposals will be reviewed by the PLanT Projects Selection Panel, which will include a Student Officer of the Students' Union, and will be selected according to the extent to which they meet the above criteria.

Please note that a limited number of awards are made each year, so applicants should bear in mind that this is a competitive process.

Sample applications  

Applicants may wish to refer to successful applications from previous years. Please note that the scheme criteria and application form were revised for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 schemes.

example 1:

Archaeology Post-Excavation Skills Development 2017 18

example 2:

Those who can, teach! 2017 18

example 3:

Shaping the Curriculum for an IWLP French 1 Class: maximising support and challenge for all students taking into account their diverse linguistic backgrounds 2017 18

example 4:

 Using an electronic portfolio platform for professional development of pharmacy

example 5:

Piloting General Practice (GP) experiential learning for MPharm Year 3 students

Funding Requirements and Guidance

Project proposals must provide a budget outline with approximate costs.

Awarded funding can be used for a range of purchases including equipment, materials, travel expenses, as payment for time, or refreshments for focus groups.

All project-related expenditure must be complete by 31st July.

Payments to students should be completed using the Campus Jobs Portal:-

For guidance on completing these payments please contact Campus Jobs on 0118 378 4499 or

***This scheme counts towards the School of Literature and Language's Professional Track***

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