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Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects (TLEP) scheme

The Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects (TLEP) 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.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their application with a member of the CQSD team prior to submitting it. Please contact cqsd-tandl@reading.ac.uk.

Applicants may also wish to access a recording of the Applying for Teaching & Learning Enhancement Project (TLEP) - what makes a compelling application? (Webinar) at the link below:

https://uorlearn.sabacloud.com/Saba/Web spf/EU2PRD0149/app/me/learningeventdetail/cours000000000078760?context=manager&regId=regdw000000000149656&learnerId=emplo000000000005914

This session which took place on Tuesday 1 March 2022. In this session, we discussed the application process and criteria, and some previous funding recipients shared their tips for what makes a successful project and application.

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 local strategic School/Department priorities (this can apply to multiple Schools/Departments as appropriate) and with the University Strategic Plan 2020-2026 **
  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.

** When considering alignment with the University Strategic Plan 2020-2026, applicants may wish to focus on the four strategic principles of Community (including equality, diversity and inclusion), Excellence, Sustainability (including environmental sustainability) and an Engaged University.

Terms and conditions of funding

The purpose of the guidance below is to support colleagues who are planning to submit an application for, or have already been allocated, a TLDF award with the overall planning and managing of a TLDF budget

Finance guidance for TLDF applications updated Aug2022

General guidance on the financial management of the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Project for the financial year 2022-2023 is below:

  • Finances are only available during the financial year following the award being made. Therefore, If you are successful in your application during the 2021/2022 academic year, the award will be available during the 2022/2023 financial year and can commence any date from 1st August 2022 but must be completed by 31st July 2023.
  • 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 take this into account when drafting their proposed budget.
  • For guidance on completing payments contact Campus Job on 0118 378 4499 or campusjobs@reading.ac.uk

For further information or guidance please contact CQSD: cqsd-tandl@reading.ac.uk

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 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 student numbers, where applicable)
  • How the project will be evaluated and how project outcomes will be disseminated
  • How the project aligns with the local strategic School/Department priorities and with the University Strategic Plan 2020-2026
  • 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 dates

  • Scheme opens: Scheme is currently closed.
  • Closing date for applications: Scheme is currently closed.

Applicants will normally receive the Selection Panel's decision and feedback within four working weeks of the closing date

Application form

If you experience any difficulties completing or submitting the application form please contact Martin Wise m.wise@reading.ac.uk

  • The application will appear here when the scheme is open.

Completed applications must be converted into a .PDF file and then submitted to Martin Wise (m.wise@reading.ac.uk) before the closing date/time.

Sample applications

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