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 2017/18 call for project proposals is now open

Responsive project proposal submission deadlines

Autumn – Monday 20th November 2017 4pm

Spring – Thursday 12th April 2018 4pm

Summer – Wednesday 30th May 2018 4pm

Strategic project proposal submission deadlines

Semester 1: Monday 22nd January 2018 4pm

Semester 2: Monday 21st May 2018 4pm


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

ULTSEC Innovation Fund workshops: a 1 hour workshop for potential applicants detailing the purpose of the fund, and the responsive and strategic strands of funding. It will include presentations by winning Innovation Fund project teams and guidance from the Careers Service about employing students as part of an Innovation Fund project.

ULTSEC Innovation Fund webinars: a 20 minute introduction for potential applicants, which you can join from your desk.


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

2016-17 Awards

In 2016-17 the following awards were made:

  • 9 Responsive Projects, each for up to £2,500
  • 2 Strategic Projects, for up to £10,000

Details of all the projects can be found in the 2016/17 list of funded projects.