University Sabbatical Scheme

The new University Sabbatical Scheme replaces both the existing University Sabbaticals and the Learning and Teaching Project Awards.

In a ground-breaking approach in the sector, and supporting our connected strategy development between Education and Research and Innovation, this new scheme builds on the strengths of the Research sabbatical and the Learning and Teaching Projects, and combines both with increased funding and better access for all members of staff.

Types of Sabbaticals

1. Education (Learning and Teaching) – administered by Anglia Learning & Teaching - second call now open

2. Research and Knowledge Exchange – administered by RIDO

3. Doctoral Completion – administered by RIDO

Sabbaticals may last from 10 to 75 days and applicants may apply for up to £15,000.

Following the successful completion of the project and dissemination of the findings, the recipient of an Education (Learning and Teaching) Sabbatical will be eligible to apply to become an Anglia Ruskin University Associate Teaching Fellow.

Eligibility criteria

The University Sabbatical Scheme is open to all individuals and teams at our University. Both full-time and part-time staff, including staff from partner institutions and part-time hourly paid, are eligible for support.

Funding will be made subject to acceptance of the conditions, which includes any necessary ethical approval being granted by the relevant authorities and the signature of the Deputy Dean of Faculty/Director of Service.

Our University Sabbatical Guidance has detailed information on conditions and eligibility criteria.

Proposal development

A proposal should:

  • provide opportunities to either initiate or conclude a programme of work; or
  • provide a foundation for future work, the outcomes of which should be able to be embedded in everyday practice, at scale and be sustainable; or
  • describe a project that will support transformational change, which is aligned to the annual strategic planning priorities of ARU and appropriately supported by academic and/or Professional Services leadership, and
  • is not deliverable within normal working (within a reasonable period) 

Advice for prospective applicants

Please email or to discuss potential sabbaticals and the development of proposals for Education (Learning and Teaching) Sabbaticals.

Please contact to discuss potential sabbaticals and the development of proposals for Research and Knowledge Exchange or Doctoral Completion Sabbaticals.

Submission dates

Applications for the first round are now closed.

Second round now open for Educational Sabbaticals

If you are interested, you should, in the first instance, send a single sided expression of interest to and

The closing date for completed application forms is Friday 23 September 2022.