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Teaching and Learning Initiatives Funding

The T&L Initiatives Funding scheme aims to support small-scale initiatives across the University that will enhance teaching and learning and/or the student experience. While there is no set minimum/maximum amount that you can apply for under this scheme, applications should normally be for £1,500 or less and we will look favourably on any match-funding which can be made available by Schools/Services.

Some examples of activities that would be eligible for funding are a staff training session or catering for a focus group meeting with students. All ideas will be considered.

The University is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through its Teaching & Learning funding and award schemes, and to ensuring that these schemes are accessible to all colleagues. We welcome applications from individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, including ethnic minority, LGBT+, disabled and neurodivergent applicants. We also welcome applications from the wide range of disciplines and areas across the University, including colleagues in professional services roles and those on part-time contracts.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Since there is a limited amount of funding available, we would advise you to apply as early as possible to ensure that you can take full advantage of this opportunity and to enable the financial arrangements to be made in good time. The funding must be spent and cleared by 31 July 2024.

If you would like to apply for this funding, please complete the T&L Initiatives Funding Application Form (below) and email it to Jennie Chetcuti ( Funding requests will be considered and approved (as appropriate) by the Teaching and Learning Deans, in consultation with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education & Student Experience) (Professor McCrum).

For more information, please contact

2023 T&L Initiatives Funding application form

Previously Funded initiatives:

Funding Requirements and Guidance:

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

Some general notes are below :

  • 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.
  • 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. Applicants should bear this guidance in mind when drafting their proposed budget.
  • 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