University Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects (Maxi)

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TLDF Maxi Projects Scheme Update

The Maxi Project Scheme will not operate during the 2016/2017 or 2017/2018 Academic years. 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.

Overview

The maxi projects scheme is open to all staff who are involved in teaching and/or supporting teaching and learning.

The scheme offers funding of £25,000 - £30,000, for large scale projects which will run for up to 2 years and produce outputs of tangible and wide benefit. The scheme has been established to enable significant development of teaching practice and to enable and facilitate the transfer and development of practice through collaboration.

Criteria

As well as the criteria listed below, please refer to the separate web page Application Process and Guidance.

  1. Maxi projects must address one of the themes identified (see section "Themes").
  2. Projects can focus on an individual or multiple Schools/Departments/Sections. Where projects are focused on a single School/Department/Section, the application must clearly demonstrate the added value and applicability of the project to others in the wider university. Where projects involve multiple Schools/Departments/Sections, the nature of collaboration can vary (e.g. several Schools working as peer partners; one School adopting or drawing on practice already developed in another School etc.)
  3. Projects must aim for significant depth and breadth of impact; applications will be judged on the basis of what will be gained from undertaking the project and who will benefit.
  4. Projects that have only 'narrow' application, for example, those which are subject-specific or impact upon only a small number of students and staff will not be funded.
  5. Projects must demonstrate a strong commitment to diverse and proactive dissemination of both progress throughout the project and the project outcomes. It is expected that the project will be disseminated externally as well as internally (e.g. via a HEA Case Study or at a HEA Conference). Dissemination is the responsibility of the project holders; CQSD will provide assistance and advice.
  6. Applicants must have support from their Head of School/Service
  7. The Lead Applicant should normally have a professional teaching qualification or professional recognition as defined by HESA. (See section "Application Process and Guidance" )
  8. The Lead Applicant or a nominated person must be available to present a short 'pitch' to the panel about the project. (see Application Process and Guidance).

As an indication funding could be used for:

  • Release of time from other duties;
  • Employing staff or students;
  • Purchasing/developing materials or resources;
  • Evaluation activities;
  • Fees or services from external people;
  • Dissemination activities such as T&L conference attendance

Themes

Themes for projects will be confirmed in due course:

Terms and conditions

  • Projects can commence any date from TBC and must be completed by TBC.
  • Underspend from Year 1 cannot be carried over into Year 2. If a project is significantly underspent in Year 1, we reserve the right to withhold or reduce funding in Year 2.
  • Projects must establish a formal Steering or Management Group, with representation from stakeholders. A member(s) of CQSD will be assigned to the Steering/Management Group of all funded projects.
  • An interim report must be produced at the end of year 1. This can be in a variety of formats e.g. written report, video case study or presentation at a T&L event.

By: Dates TBC

  • All funding must be spent/invoiced
  • Purchase card payments must be made
  • Purchase orders must be raised

By: Dates TBC

  • Events, travel and physical receipt of equipment must have taken place, with no further costs/expenses requested from TLDF
  • Any travel/associated costs for T&L events' attendance must also have taken place
  • All items purchased must be received within the University
  • Email confirmation of receipt of purchases must also be sent to CQSD

The Lead Applicant has financial responsibility for the project. Applicants are also responsible for organising all equipment purchases and conference travel arrangements using the account code provided by CQSD. 

Things to do now

List of TLDF Project Holders

Resources

  • Large Class Sizes Toolkit (TLDF funded Maxi Project (2015-2017) 'Improving the student experience in large class size teaching with diverse composition', Dr Katja Strohfeldt)

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