University Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects (Mini)

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The mini projects scheme is open to all staff who are involved in teaching and/or supporting teaching and learning. The scheme offers ‘start-up’ funding between £500 and £2,500 to encourage and enable staff to experiment and/or develop practice, based on the belief that small projects can be significant catalysts for enhancement and improvement.

Please note that some awards of up to £5,000 are available for particularly impactful projects. Please state clearly in your application the level of funding for which you are applying.


  • Mini projects can address any aspect of teaching and learning or support for teaching and learning, either through direct contact with students (e.g. developing an aspect of your teaching practice) or through indirect interaction (e.g. developing new ways of working that support student learning or improve efficiency and effectiveness of existing ways of working).
  • Projects can focus on experimentation (trying something new and gaining insight) or developing existing practice (meeting an identified need through a specific intervention).
  • Projects can either come from a single department/school or unit and be relevant to local practice only, or involve multiple departments
  • Applications must articulate what will be gained from undertaking the project and who will benefit. This could be the impact on student learning and working, or insight that informs future developments in teaching or teaching support.
  • The Head of Department/School/Service should be aware of and supportive of the application.

Examples of how funding might be used could include:

  1. Employing a student/students to develop a resource, gather feedback or conduct background research
  2. Purchasing additional equipment (i.e equipment that would not normally be funded by the Department/School/Service) in order to try a new approach to teaching and learning
  3. Fees for an external expert to help redevelop or reshape ways an aspect of teaching

Terms and Conditions

The dates below relate to successful applications with funding available during the 2018/2019 Financial Year (These awards are confirmed during the 17/18 Financial Year)

Projects can commence any date from 1st August 2018 and must be completed by 31st July 2019.

By 30th June 2019:

  • All funding must be spent/invoiced
  • Purchase card payments must be made
  • Purchase orders must be raised

By 31st July 2019:

  • Events, travel and physical receipt of equipment must have taken place, with no further costs/expenses requested from TLDF
  • Any travel/associated costs for T&L events’ attendance must also have taken place
  • All items purchased must be received within the University
  • Email confirmation of receipt of purchases must also be sent to CQSD

Applicants are responsible for organising all equipment purchases and conference travel arrangements using the account code provided by CQSD.

Applicants are required to disseminate progress and/or outcome(s) of their project. This could be via a variety of media, including the T&L blog; a T&L event and Yammer. Applicants will be responsible for liaising with CQSD to ensure broader dissemination.

For information regarding any previous TLDF Mini application periods please contact CQSD.

Application Process

Staff are invited to submit an application of funding to the Teaching and Learning Awards Panel using the online application form.

The application must include the following:

The Project Outline and Rationale (max 500 words)

  • The overall aim of the project
  • How you plan to achieve this aim
  • The expected or intended impact or insight that will come from undertaking the mini project and who will benefit (including students numbers, where applicable)
  • Description and details of what the funding would be used for

Project Budget

  • Itemised list of funding that is being requested, including VAT.

Application Form

The application form can be accessed either on campus or off campus using VPN.

Application forms can be found: at

A PDF version of the form can be previewed here (TLDF Mini) however, forms must be submitted via the online form.

Please note that draft applications not submitted will be deleted after the submission deadline

Application Dates

  • Scheme opens: 9am – Monday 9th January 2018
  • Closing date for applications: Midday – Monday 19th March 2018
  • Panel meeting: Wednesday 28th March 2018 

Mini projects Selection Panel

  • Two Teaching and Learning Deans (one from a Science based cluster and one from a non-Science based cluster where possible)
  • Reading University Teaching Fellow
  • CQSD representatives
  • RUSU Education Officer

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