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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, field-trips 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 field trip to Walsingham for Anthropology of Christianity students 
  • development of departmental guides on teaching for GTAs
  • PhD mentoring schemes within departments

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, we hold three calls for funding applications. In the 2014/15 year, these will close at the ends of Week 10 of Michaelmas Term, Week 5 of Lent Term and Week 5 of Summer Term. Calls for applications have priority themes that we are particularly interested in supporting. For 2014/15, the key themes are broadening assessment and projects related to the new academic year structure. Bids for projects that do not relate to these themes are welcomed, but priority will be given to those projects that propose innovation in these two areas. For more information about the criteria for funding, see the section below.

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:

  • Rationale - how the project contributes to LSE priorities, fits into the departmental context and promotes student learning.
  • 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|.