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Teaching and Learning Development Fund: FAQs

LSE’s Teaching and Learning Development Fund awards grants for the development of innovative approaches to curriculum design, teaching, learning and assessment as well as for new approaches to student orientation and student skills development. It can be used for work on programmes at all levels (UG, MSc and PhD). The Fund is managed by the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre and welcomes applications from individuals, course teams or whole departments.

What can the grants be used for?

Grants can be 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 can go towards buying in additional help (eg a research assistant or specialist support), as well as towards the purchase of specialist equipment and other expenses.

Recent projects that the Teaching and Learning Fund has supported 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 fieldtrip to Walsingham for Anthropology of Christianity students 
  • development of departmental guides on teaching for GTAs
  • PhD mentoring schemes within departments

See the Teaching and Learning Development Fund: past projects| page for a selection of projects that have been funded in recent years, with links to project reports.

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 contact the Centre for Learning Technology in the first instance.

How much is available?

For the current academic year there is a total of £36,000 available to fund projects of between £500 and £4000 (the majority of projects to date have been in the £500-£1500 bracket). If any departments are interested in applying for larger grants, the Teaching and Learning Centre is happy to support them in applying for Annual Fund grants.

What is the application process?

Applications are considered at any time of year, depending on funding availability. They are reviewed by the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centre and, if necessary, with the involvement of the Pro-Director, Teaching and Learning. The Fund managers make every effort to respond to applications within two weeks of receipt.

To apply, please complete an application form| (Word) and return it to Liz Barnett, director of the Teaching and Learning Centre, at KSW 5.04. Please feel free to contact Liz (l.barnett@lse.ac.uk| or extension 6623) in advance of applying for further clarification and/or discussion of possible options to take projects forward.

What happens once the project is completed?

We will ask you to send us a project report| (Word), along with any photographs (for events, etc) and/or material outcome (publication, etc), for potential inclusion in promotion about the Fund. Project reports will be compiled for view on the Teaching and Learning Centre website and may be edited for use in our teaching blog and other offline and online materials. We may also invite project leaders and their students to present their work at Teaching and Learning Centre events and the annual Teaching Symposium. Finally, we ask that you acknowledge the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre on any information you publish yourself about your project.

Does the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre offer any other funding?

Yes! We offer six grants of up to £500 for academic staff pre-major review. Please see the Pre-Major Review Grants application guidance| (Word) and Pre-Major Review Grants application form| (Word) for details.

We also offer one-off funding for staff to attend external training related to teaching and learning. There is no set funding ‘pot’ and applications are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Please see the External Programmes Fee Support: FAQs| page for more information and use the External Programmes Fee Support application form| (Word) to make an application.