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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 2014/15, in line with current priorities at the School, there will be a particular focus on two themes: broadening assessment and the new academic year structure. Bids for projects that do not relate to these will be welcomed, but priority will be given to applications that propose innovation in 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. 

What sort of projects has the fund supported?

Grants have been used for a wide variety of projects, from the development of resource materials and case studies to the delivery of events, fieldtrips and other initiatives. Funding has gone towards buying in additional help (eg a research assistant or specialist support), the purchase of specialist equipment and/or other expenses.

Recent projects that have been funded include:

  • production of a guide to academic reading and writing skills for first-year Criminology students
  • development of a virtual alumni network for students in Enterprise Development
  • a field trip to Walsingham for Anthropology of Christianity students 
  • development of departmental guides on teaching for GTAs
  • PhD mentoring schemes within departments


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 2014/15 year, these will close at the ends of Week 10 of Michaelmas Term (12 December 2014), Week 10 of Lent Term (20 March 2015) and Week 5 of Summer Term (29 May 2015.)

To apply, please complete an application form| (Word) and return it to Dr Neil McLean, Head of Academic Development, 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 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's 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 acknowledge the LSE Teaching and Learning Development Fund on any information you publish yourself about your project.

Don't forget too that leading on or participating in a funded project may contribute to the formal and/or informal elements of LSE's new Academic Development Scheme|.