External Programmes Fee Support: FAQs

LSE's External Programmes Fee Support awards funding to cover some or all of the costs of external training related to teaching and learning that LSE academic staff wish to undertake.

What can the funds be used for?

A wide variety of external training can be covered by the funds, for instance

  • workshops/seminars/conferences on different aspects of teaching and learning in higher education and in academic management,
  • specialist research/methodological skills training,
  • funding to run an in-house programme for a department where several staff require updating in a particular skill.

We particularly welcome applications arising as a result of appraisals.

Please note that funding is not available for staff to attend academic conferences related to their research interests, as departments have separate funding for this purpose.

How much is available?

There is no specific cap on the amount that can be requested in any one application, though in practice awards of between £500 and £1500 have generally been made.

What is the application process?

Applications are welcome at any time of year and are handled on a first come first served basis. They are reviewed by the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre, Liz Barnett, in consultation with the Pro-Director, Teaching and Learning. Please feel to contact Liz (l.barnett@lse.ac.uk or extension 6623) in advance of applying for further clarification and/or discussion of possible training options.

To apply, please complete the External Programmes Fee Support application form (Word). Please note that your application will need the support of your departmental convenor or institute director.

Key providers of external programmes

Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development runs workshops on a range of different teaching matters. Some are basic, but many focus on specific issues and may be of interest to experienced staff.

Leadership Foundation for Higher Education is committed to developing and improving the management and leadership skills of existing and future leaders in higher education.

ESRC National Centre for Research Methods is a network of research groups, each conducting research and training in an area of social science research methods.