Centre for Learning and Teaching

Teaching Development Fund (TDF)

Transformational change in learning and teaching

Teaching Development Fund (TDF)

Call for Proposals [Word template] 

TDF Application Form - Section A: (Expression of Interest) and Section B: (Full Bid)

Assessment criteria for project proposals

Would you like to get involved in delivering transformational change in learning and teaching? The Teaching Development Fund (TDF) supports innovative ideas and developments that encourage us to engage with the latest approaches to teaching and assessment, make the best use of campus resources and meet the needs of future graduates in a rapidly  changing society. Each year, £60,000 is available.

There are two routes to funding:

1. TDF Sandpit event

Colleagues involved in learning and teaching from across the university are invited to participate in the first TDF sandpit event, which will take place at the Apex hotel in Bath. At this two-day  facilitated workshop, you will work with people from the across the university in small groups to brainstorm and refine ideas for curriculum transformation projects. At the end of the two days, you will be invited to give a short pitch to the TDF panel to win funds for the project you have developed. Funding decisions will be made that day. Deadline for Expressions of Interest is Friday 15 December, 2017.

You will need to be available on: Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 January.

2. Paper-based written application

This route has been running successfully since 1999 and has provided opportunities for staff and students, as individuals and teams, to develop a wide range of ideas to enhance learning and teaching. This call for proposals opens on Friday 12 January, 2018. If you have a specific idea in mind, or have a team in place already, this is the route for you. Please read the Call for Proposals [Word template] and complete Section A (Expression of Interest) of the TDF Application Form and submit this to clt@bath.ac.uk by Wednesday 21 February, 2018. Deadline for Full Project Bids is Friday 23 March, 2018.

TDF Travel Fund

Funding is available on a first-come-first-served basis (subject to appropriate criteria and application process) to any staff who teach or support learning at the University for the purpose of raising their and the University's teaching profile and reputation externally.

TDF aim and objectives


The aim of the Teaching Development Fund is to enable staff and students to develop, enhance and share teaching and learning practices to support the University's aim to deliver the highest quality student learning experience.


  • To provide funding for projects led by staff and/or students that seek to enhance learning and teaching
  • To provide funding for projects led by staff and/or students that seek to explore innovative developments in teaching and learning
  • To create opportunities for staff and students to exchange practice and ideas through Departmental/Faculty/School and University-wide dissemination in order to achieve maximum impact.

Timeline for TDF

TDF Sandpit: 2018

Friday 15 December Deadline for Expressions of Interest

Wednesday 10 January and Thursday 11 January

Sandpit event, the Apex hotel, Bath

TDF written application: 2018

Friday 12 January Call for proposals open
Wednesday 21 February          Deadline for Expressions of interest
Friday 23 March Deadline for full project bids


Further information, advice and guidance

Please email clt@bath.ac.uk if you have any queries about bidding for TDF.