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Teaching and Learning Development Fund: FAQs

The LSE Teaching and Learning Development Fund aims to reflect and support the delivery of School-wide teaching and learning policy and strategy. To that end, it funds projects that develop innovative approaches, in programmes at any level (UG, MSc, PhD), to curriculum design, student learning, assessment and teaching, as well as new approaches to student orientation and generic skills development.

For 2015/16, in line with the School's new Education Strategy, there will be a particular focus on the following:

  • design and review of courses and programmes
  • student feedback - gathering, analysis and use
  • benchmarking educational provision against peer departments
  • review of departmental communications with students
  • embedding academic skills' development into course teaching and assessment
  • developing research led teaching opportunities for undergraduate courses/programmes

Bids for projects that do not relate to these will be welcomed, but priority will be given to applications that seek to address one or more of these areas. 

For more information about the criteria for funding, see the penultimate section below.

Please note that the Fund does not cover academic conferences. We would also ask that if your project is primarily about the use of new technology in teaching you consider Learning Technology and Innovation Grants in the first instance. 

How much is available?

Project funding typically ranges between £500 and £2000. If any departments are interested in applying for larger grants, the Teaching and Learning Centre is happy to support them in making applications for other sources of funding.

What is the application process?

Each year, there are three calls for funding applications. In the 2015/16 year, these calls will be open during the following periods:

  • Michaelmas Term: 24 September 2015 to 4 December 2015
  • Lent Term: 11 January 2016 to 11 March 2016
  • Summer Term: 25 April 2016 to 27 May 2016

To apply, please complete an application form (Word) and return it to Dr Neil McLean, Director, LSE Teaching and Learning Centre, 20 Kingsway (KSW 5.01), or by email to n.d.mclean@lse.ac.uk   

Please feel free to contact your Teaching and Learning Centre departmental adviser in advance of applying for further clarification and/or discussion of possible options to take projects forward.

Once funding has been agreed for projects, departmental advisers will liaise with project leaders on implementation and a final report is expected upon completion of the project.

What are the criteria for funding?

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of staff in LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre and decisions on funding will be made against the following criteria:

  • Remit - how the project proposal meets the aims and purposes of the LSE Teaching and Learning Development Fund (as outlined above)
  • Rationale - how the project fits into the departmental context, promotes student learning and enhances teaching development.
  • Sustainability - how the project will be integrated into longer term departmental practice once the funded elements are completed.
  • Transferability - whether the project is relevant to teaching and learning on other courses in the department, or can be replicated by other LSE departments.
What happens once the project is completed?

We will ask you to send us a project report  (Word) along with any photographs (of events, etc) and/or material outcome (publication, etc), for potential inclusion in promotion about the Fund. Project reports and related materials may be published on the Teaching and Learning Centre website and/or edited for use in the LSE teaching blog and other materials.

We may also invite project leaders and their students to present their work at Teaching and Learning Centre events.

Finally, we ask that you please acknowledge the LSE Teaching and Learning Development Fund on any information you publish yourself about your project.