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Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects (TLEP) scheme

The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects (TLEP) scheme (previously known as the "Mini" projects scheme) is open to all staff who are involved in teaching and/or supporting teaching and learning.

The scheme offers 'start-up' funding between £500 and £2,500 to encourage and enable staff to experiment and/or develop practice. Funding is based on the belief that small projects can be significant catalysts for enhancement and improvement, both in the short term and further into the future.

GUIDANCE

TLEP projects can address any aspect of teaching and learning or support for teaching and learning, either through direct contact with students (e.g. developing an aspect of your teaching practice) or through indirect interaction (e.g. developing new ways of working that support student learning or improve efficiency and effectiveness of existing ways of working).

Projects can focus on experimentation (trying something new and gaining insight) or developing existing practice (meeting an identified need through a specific intervention).

Projects can either come from a single department/school or unit and be relevant to local practice only, or involve multiple departments. Examples of how funding might be used could include:

  1. Employing a student/students to develop a resource, gather feedback or conduct background research;
  2. Purchasing additional equipment (i.e. equipment that would not normally be funded by the Department/School/Service) in order to try a new approach to teaching and learning;
  3. Fees for an external expert to help redevelop or reshape an aspect of teaching.

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.

Where the proposed project involves collaboration with others, applicants are encouraged to embed the

Principles of Partnership  in their work.

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


 

SCHEME CRITERIA

All proposals must:

  1. Articulate what will be gained from undertaking the project and who will benefit (This could be the impact on student learning and working, or insight that informs future developments in teaching or teaching support);
  2. Identify how evaluation is embedded within the project design, how the applicant will reflect on the project's success and how project outcomes will be disseminated*
  3. 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
  4. Identify plans for project-related activities to continue beyond the project and/or for project outcomes to be realised in a sustainable way;
  5. Be supported by the Head of School/Department/Service.

*Please see the section below on Dissemination.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF FUNDING

Awards are made available the following financial year of the award being made.

(e.g. If you are successful in your application during the 19/20 academic year, the award can only be used during the 20/21 financial year).

The dates below refer to successful applications during the 19/20 academic year. Funding is for use during the 20/21 financial year.

Projects can commence any date from 1st August 2020 and must be completed by 31st July 2021.

By 30th June 2021:

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

By 31st July 2021:

  • 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

Applicants are responsible for organising all equipment purchases and conference travel arrangements using the project code provided by CQSD.

Please note that gift vouchers or Campus Card top-ups cannot be used as an incentive to encourage student attendance at focus groups or as a payment for the completion of work/tasks. Payments via gift vouchers or Campus Card could be considered a 'benefit in kind' and therefore be subject to tax. Payment for focus group attendance or work can only be made by Campus Jobs or Human Resources. Applicants should bear this guidance in mind when drafting their proposed budget. The TLEP Selection Panel will be mindful of this guidance when reviewing applications but it will not be used as a criterion for selection in 2020.

For guidance on completing payments contact Campus Job on 0118 378 4499 or campusjobs@reading.ac.uk.

For information regarding any previous application periods please contact CQSD.

DISSEMINATION

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.

Some examples of TLEP project reports published on the T&L Exchange are available here:

If you would like to discuss further opportunities for dissemination, such as a T&L event or an external conference, please contact CQSD.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Staff are invited to submit an application of funding to the TLEP Selection Panel using the application form (see below).

Applicants are asked to provide details of:

The Project Outline and Rationale (max 500 words)

  • The overall aim(s) of the project
  • How you plan to achieve this aim(s)
  • The expected or intended impact or insight that will come from undertaking the project and who will benefit (including students numbers, where applicable)
  • How the project will be evaluated and how project outcomes will be disseminated
  • How the project aligns with the School/Department's Teaching and Learning Plan and with the University Teaching and Learning Strategy
  • Plans for project-related activities to continue beyond the project and/or for project outcomes to be realised in a sustainable way
  • Brief outline of what the funding would be used for

Applicants should refer closely to the scheme criteria when completing this section.

Project Budget

  • Itemised list of funding that is being requested, including VAT.

Applicants are required to provide justification for the inclusion of any funding for buy-out of staff time within their proposed budget and to explain how any staff buy-out would be implemented e.g. by increasing the hours of part-time staff.

Applicants are asked to confirm that their Head of School/Service is supportive of the application.

Applications will be considered by the TLEP Selection Panel and will be selected according to the extent to which they meet the scheme criteria.

Applicants should bear in mind that this is a competitive process as a limited amount of funding is available each year.

The TLEP Selection Panel comprises:

  • Two Teaching and Learning Deans, one of whom will act as Chair
  • A Reading University Teaching Fellow
  • A CQSD representative
  • The RUSU Education Officer

APPLICATION FORM

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 or submitting the application form please contact Martin Wise m.wise@reading.ac.uk

 

  • This scheme is currently closed.

** Applicants must convert the completed application into one .pdf file and submit this electronically to Martin Wise (m.wise@reading.ac.uk)  by 5pm on the day of the submission deadline.

SAMPLE APPLICATIONS

Applicants may wish to refer to  the following successful applications from previous years.

APPLICATION DATES

  • Scheme opens: 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.

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

TLDF Project Award Winners

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