UROP support for teaching and learning projects

We often think of the UROP scheme as a useful way to engage students in our subject specific research, but it is also possible to apply for UROP funding if you are undertaking pedagogical research. Some years ago, for example, I was able to work with two UROP students as they explored our use of learning capture and screencasting across the university, work which led to conference papers and journal articles. So, it is worth considering this scheme if you are carrying out research into teaching and learning but feel restrained by lack of time and resources.

I have copied the details of this year’s scheme below:



Welcome to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) offers undergraduate students the chance to gain hands-on research experience on projects covering all disciplines across University.

The scheme provides exciting opportunities for undergraduate students in the middle years of their degree (i.e. not first or final year students) to work on real research projects alongside academic researchers at the university. Our research projects last six weeks over the summer break, or can be part-time over a longer period, and those students involved with the scheme will receive a bursary of £1,320. UROP has been in place at Reading since 2006 and has supported over 600 students to date. The scheme is managed by Careers and is financed by the University, with additional support from Schools and Departments.

As a student… this can make a significant contribution to your transferable skills, employability and understanding of the research environment. Your hours can be used towards the RED award.

As an academic…UROP could enable you to run a pilot project for a research grant application, enhance the knowledge and/or awareness of the School/Department, or support a discrete section of an existing project for which you are PI. This project could also develop students who may wish to continue to research degrees under your supervision.

Key Dates for UROP 2018:

UG Research Showcase Event

Wednesday 14th November, 1-3.30pm, 3Sixty (RUSU)

Come along and see some of the fantastic research that has been taking place this summer.

Key Dates for UROP 2019:

Staff applications for UROP 2019 are now open – see ‘For Staff, Applying’.

UROP Staff Information session

This session is for staff who are new to the scheme, whether they are new to the University or if they just haven’t been a part of the scheme before. It will give staff a chance to find out all about UROP, how the programme/application process works and an opportunity to listen to previous experiences from other members of staff.

Bookings should be made through the Employee Self-Service Learning web pages (lunch will be provided). The session will run on the following date:

  • Wednesday 7th November 1-2pm, HBS G03

Student applications for UROP 2019 will open in February 2019.

Students can register their interest here  to sign up to our mailing list and stay up to date with all the latest UROP information.

If you have any questions, please contact urop@reading.ac.uk.


University Teaching and Learning Enhancement Projects (Mini)

{from CQSD’s funding sources page – http://www.reading.ac.uk/cqsd/FundingOpportunities/TLDF/cqsd-TLDFprojectsmini.aspx}

Pile of books


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 https://www.reading.ac.uk/closed/tandl/forms/tldf_mini

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

Annual Fund

{from CQSD’s funding sources page – https://www.reading.ac.uk/cqsd/FundingOpportunities/cqsd-FundingSources.aspx}



The Annual Fund was established in 2004 to raise funds that will support current and future generations of students at the University. The Annual Fund is used to enhance the student experience through financial support, innovative teaching and learning projects, and extra-curricular activities. Applicants can apply for up to £10,000 for their project.

Contact: please contact the Campaigns and Supporter Engagement Office at alumni@reading.ac.uk or 0118 378 8006.

PLanT Projects Scheme

{from CQSD’s funding sources page – http://www.reading.ac.uk/cqsd/FundingOpportunities/cqsd-PLanTProjectsScheme.aspx}

RUSU logoPartnerships in Learning and Teaching (PLanT) Projects Funding Scheme

PLanT projects are small scale initiatives which address the enhancement of teaching and learning priorities as identified by students and staff working in partnership.

Funding of up to £500 is available for each project.

Projects for 2017-2018 can be of any duration within an academic year but must be completed by 31st July 2018.

Scheme Criteria

All proposals must:

  • Actively involve students in the design and/or delivery of the project;
  • Align with the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy
  • Support a Teaching and Learning activity (or activities) in your School/Department or support T&L activity/activities in conjunction with another School/Department;
  • Provide a budget outline with approximate costs;
  • Adhere to the timeline for expenditure outlined above.

Proposals will be reviewed by CQSD in collaboration with RUSU and will be selected according to the extent to which:

  • There is an active partnership between students and staff throughout the project with students being involved in the design and/or delivery of the project;
  • They support School/Department’s Teaching and Learning plans and the University’s Teaching and Learning Strategy;
  • They demonstrate how the project will enhance existing practices/develop new practices in the identified area of teaching and learning.

Application Process

Applications for PLanT funding for 2017-2018 can be submitted from Monday 9th October 2017using the form below:

Details where to send the completed application is within the application form.

Application form – PLanT Application Form 2017 2018

Application Dates

Applications can be submitted from: Monday 9th October 2017

Closing date for applications: Midday Monday 20th November 2017

Panel meeting: Thursday 30th November 2017

You will be notified of the outcome of your application shortly after this date.

The PLanT application can be submitted by students or staff members. Examples of what funding can be used for could include: equipment or materials, travel expenses, as payment for time, or refreshments for focus groups.

This scheme counts towards the School of Literature and Language’s Professional Track.