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 has been updated for 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 2014/15 call for responsive project proposals and strategic project proposals is now open. The summer closing date is Friday 22nd May 2015 (project leads will be informed of decisions in June).
(The Spring responsive deadline was Friday 3rd April 2015, and project leads will be informed of decisions in May).
Application resources are:
Contact for queries: email@example.com
In 2014 the panel funded 14 projects, each for up to £5k. Six projects were funded under the priority theme of Assessment and feedback. Five projects were funded under the priority theme of Diversifying our portfolio of programmes. Three projects were funded under the priority themes Strengthening the relationship between research and teaching. Relevant resources are:
|Chris Phillips and Simon Pallett (Introduction to the Innovation Fund): slides||Laura Greaves and Ellen Tullo: slides|
|Jarka Glassey, Katie Wray and Jess Jung: slides|
|Lynne Rawles, Alison Clapp and Laura Delgaty: slides||Michelle Robson/Kate Aitchison and Marie Devlin: slides|
|Lindsey Ferrie and Simon Cotterill: slides||Jean-Christophe Penet: slides|
|Kathryn Hollingsworth: slides||John Lockey, Didier Talamona, Kenny Dalgarno: slides|
|Lee Fawcett: slides, ACC1012/3 course website|
|Storify archive of tweets from the event|
In 2013 the panel funded 15 projects, each for up to £5k. Ten projects were funded under the priority theme of Assessment and feedback. Three projects were funded under the priority theme of Retention through student engagement. Two projects were funded outside these priority themes. Relevant resources are:
|Sarah Lickess, David Kennedy, Andy James, Richard Price, Roger Searle, Katriona Watson and Dianorah Smith: slides; ReCap recording|
|Tom Snell and Andrew Grenfell: ReCap recording||Graham Long and David Walker: ReCap recording|
|Neveen Hamza and Adam Sharr: ReCap recording|
|Alex Ho-Cheong Leung and Martha Young-Scholten: slides; ReCap recording|
|Alison Williams and Simon Tate: slides|
In 2012 the panel funded 17 projects, each for up to £5k to support the development of learning and teaching activities. By funding twice as many projects as in previous years it was intended to offer additional institutional support for work done in preparation for 2012.
Four projects were funded under the priority theme of Access to HE. Thirteen projects were funded under the priority theme of Coherent Curriculum. Relevant resources are:
|Suzanne Cholerton: introduction||Moira Bent: project update|
|Alison Clapp: project update||Rachel Lofthouse: project update|
|Phil Ansell: project update||Grace Cooper: project update|
|Lindsey Ferrie: project update||Simon Cotterill: project update|
Mei-Yen Chan (Food and Human Nutrition) and her students have set up a project using Facebook to help BSc students on the Singapore and Newcastle campuses to interact with each other. Their project update is presented as a video interview.
The following list of project outputs will be updated as projects progress. Outputs so far are:
The priority theme for the 2011 Innovation Fund was linking research and teaching. Relevant resources are:
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