Receive up to £3.5K to develop your pedagogic research project

Published: 26 November 2019 at 09:57

Each year we invite colleagues to apply for funding of up to £3,500 to support research and development projects, which are designed to enhance our learning, teaching and assessment practice at ARU.

Our Learning and Teaching Project Awards invite you to work as an individual or as part of a team and cross-faculty and interdisciplinary applications are especially welcome.  

Your pedagogic development project will need to develop one or more of our priorities: Academic practice; Assessment and feedback for effective learning and; Student engagement and quality enhancement. It can build on, but must not duplicate, previously funded research which you can view on our Learning and Teaching Project Award web pages and Canvas.

In 2019, nine projects were awarded across diverse academic schools and professional services including: ‘A project to develop the digital awareness of primary education studies undergraduates’ and a ‘Short film teaching in History’.

Says Mark Warnes, Anglia Learning and Teaching (AL&T): “The Awards are a great opportunity for all staff involved in teaching and supporting student learning, to get funding for conducting a pedagogic research project. 

“AL&T has a long history in supporting pedagogic research projects as we’re committed to enhancing teaching excellence at ARU. Colleagues who are successful in their application can receive up to £3,500 for their work.”

The application process is straightforward; you can complete an application form, get ethical approval, say how you are going to spend the money, and have the project signed off by a relevant person in your faculty or service. It then goes through a two-stage peer review process; the proposals are reviewed firstly by two ARU Teaching Fellows, and final decisions are made by a panel chaired by our Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), Professor Aletta Norval. 

Successful applications will be announced at the AL&T Learning and Teaching Conference on Tuesday 23 June 2020, in Chelmsford – book now.

Once work has started, you’ll be asked to provide a mid-point progress report, and to share your findings at the same conference one year later. You will also be required to provide a case study of your findings for inclusion and promotion on the AL&T website and in the Pedagogic Research Directory and encouraged to publish an article in a peer-reviewed journal.

The Learning and Teaching Project Award scheme can lead to further professional recognition as successful completion of the project and dissemination of the findings will allow you to apply to become an ARU Associate Teaching Fellow

If you have an idea for a project idea and would like to talk it through, please contact Mark Warnes

The call for applications opens on 20 January 2020. Proposals need to be submitted to your Deputy Dean by 17.00 on Friday 20 March 2020, and then to AL&T, via EasyChair, by 17.00 on Friday 27 March 2020. Full details are available on the AL&T website and Canvas.