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.
Autumn: Friday 6 November 2015, 5pm
Spring: Thursday 24 March 2016, 5pm
Summer: Friday 20 May 2016, 5pm
Semester 1: Friday 15 January 2016, 5pm
Semester 2: Friday 20 May 2016, 5pm
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. There are currently slots available on Wednesday 28 October 2015 at 4pm, and Friday 30 October 2015 at 10 am. Sign up for a webinar from the LTDS Workshops page.
Innovation Fund Applicants workshops: workshops will be offered in 2015/16, and the details will be available soon on this page. You can also access the following resources from the 2014/15 workshops:
Application forms and guidance:
Contact for queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2014-15 the following awards were made:
Details of all the projects can be found in the 2014/15 list of funded projects.
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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