ULTSEC Innovation Fund

Innovation Fund awards are designed to pump-prime the development of new or innovative approaches to learning and teaching and to enable their dissemination across the University. In response to feedback from past project leads and other stakeholders the Innovation Fund scheme was updated in 2014/15. The total amount of funding available remains the same, with a lighter-touch application process and scope to support a broader range of projects.

The Innovation Fund is a fantastic opportunity to propose and deliver projects with real benefit to learning, teaching, and the student experience.  Past projects have also offered stepping stones to other internal and external learning and teaching opportunities and funding (eg evidence for the reward and recognition of teaching; HEA schemes).  Whilst Innovation Fund projects can offer opportunities to undertake educational research, it is essential that the primary focus of projects is on improving the student learning experience.

The 2016/17 call for project proposals is now open

Responsive project proposal submission deadlines

Autumn – Monday 7th November 2016 4pm

Spring – Monday 10th April 2017 4pm

Summer – Friday 26th May 2017 4pm

Strategic project proposal submission deadlines

Semester 1: Friday 20th January 2017 4pm

Semester 2: Friday 26th May 2017 4pm


Video Introduction: view the ReCap recording short video introduction to the Innovation Fund.

ULTSEC Innovation Fund webinars: a 20 minute introduction for potential applicants, which you can join from your desk. Webinars are available to book at the following dates and times:


Wednesday 15th March 2017 15:30-15:50

Monday 10th April 2017 10:00-10:20


Sign up for a webinar on the LTDS Workshops page.


You can access a ReCap recording of the 12th December 2016 workshop which included the following presentations:

  • 'How to employ students through the Careers Service', Lesley Wilson and Abi Armer, Careers Service
  • Digital Capabilities and Expectations of Prospective Students: Preparing Newcastle University for Learning and Teaching of the Future, Jo Matthan, FMS
  • ‘Personalised School News and SSC Feedback in the Newcastle App’, Marc Bennett, NUIT

And a ReCap recording of the 27th February 2017 workshop which included the following presentations:

  • 'Employing students to support your Innovation Fund bid', Abi Armer, Careers Service
  • 'Promoting student engagement and retention through learning analytics', Matt Forshaw, SAgE
  • 'Bridging the Maths', Francesca Tagliaferri, SAgE

Guidance and Application Forms

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Past years' awards

2015-16 Awards

In 2015-16 the following awards were made:

  • 8 Responsive Projects, each for up to £2,500
  • 1 Strategic Project, for up to £10,000

Details of all the projects can be found in the 2015/16 list of funded projects.