Application Process and Guidance

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TLDF Maxi Projects Scheme Update

The Maxi Project Scheme will not operate during the 2016/17 academic year. Instead, the Teaching and Learning Strategy Board will use these funds to support a range of University-wide T&L strategic projects.

If you wish to apply for funding to support innovation in T&L, the following schemes are available via the Teaching and Learning Development Fund (TLDF).

Mini Awards Scheme (up to £5,000 available)

Partnerships in T&L Scheme (up to £500 available)

If you have an idea for a project which falls outside the scope of the TLDF, or for which funding of more than £5,000 is required, please have an initial discussion with your T&L Dean about funding options.

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There is a two stage process:

  1. Staff submit an application for funding to the Teaching and Learning Awards Panel using the online application form, to be completed by the Lead Applicant. Guidance on the application form is given below.
  2. The Lead Applicant or a nominated person who is part of the project team delivers a short 'pitch' to the panel about their proposed project.

    Applicants will be notified of the time slot for their pitch after the closing date. Applications will not be considered without a pitch. Alternative dates are not available.

Application form

Advice is given below on each section. You are welcome to use bulleted lists.

Lead Applicant

  • The project leader, and main contact for the project

Project Team - University of Reading staff

  • List the key staff at the University of Reading who will be involved in the project and be part of the project team

Project Team - External members

  • This could include colleagues from outside the University or from professional bodies or associations.

Project Theme

  • The project must address one or more of the themes outlined above in section "Themes"

Rationale or driver for the project (250 words)

  • Why is this project needed?
  • What issue or area does the project address?

Project Outline (max 250 words)

  • What are the aims and objectives: what are you hoping to achieve?
  • What methods and approaches will you use to achieve these aims and objectives?
  • Rationale for the team composition

Expected deliverables and outputs (max 100 words)

  • What are the outputs?
  • Who will benefit from the deliverables and outputs?
  • What is the expected impact? What is the extent of the impact? (e.g. in terms of student numbers, staff number, numbers of programmes)

Evaluation plan and measure of success (max 100 words)

  • How will you evaluate the success and impact of your project?

Sustainability (max 100 words)

  • How will the work and outcomes of the project be supported beyond the end of the project?

Dissemination of progress and outcomes (100 words)

  • How will you share progress and learning during your project?
  • How will you disseminate the final outcomes and outputs of your project?
  • How will you disseminate externally?

Project Dates

  • The start and end date of the whole project. Projects can commence any date from 

Project Plan

  • List of the key timescales, activities and milestones, presented on a quarterly (3-month) basis.

Project Budget

  • Itemised and detailed list of funding that is being requested, including VAT and on costs
  • Separate budgets for Year 1 and Year 2 are required
  • The total of Year 1 and Year 2 must not exceed £30,000

Professional teaching qualification or recognition

  • Indicate the Lead Applicant's professional teaching qualification or recognition as defined by HESA, using the guide on HESA categories for Reading staff. There is also an option to indicate if the Lead Applicant holds an alternative qualification which is not listed, or is working towards a qualification or professional recognition.

Accessing the application form

The application form can be accessed either on campus or off campus using VPN

The application form for 2016/2017 SEE ABOVE: https://www.reading.ac.uk/closed/tandl/forms/tldf_maxi

A PDF version of the form can be previewed here (TLDF Maxi) however, forms must be submitted via the online form.

Please note that draft applications not submitted will be deleted after the submission deadline

Dates

Scheme opens: TBC

Closing date for applications: TBC

Panel meeting:  TBC

Maxi projects Selection Panel

  • Two Teaching and Learning Deans (one from a Science based cluster and one from a non-Science based cluster where possible)
  • Reading University Teaching Fellow
  • CQSD representatives
  • RUSU Education Officer

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