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Applying for the Shape Teaching Development Fund

How to submit an application for funding to go towards learning and teaching initiatives.

The Shape Teaching Development Fund (TDF) proposals are now closed for 2023/2024.

To submit a written application, please complete the following stages:

  1. Submit Expression of Interest Wednesday 28th February 2024 .
  2. Submit Full Project Bid Friday 26th April 2024.

Funding Criteria

The TDF (Teaching Development Fund) has a Shape Fund to enable members of staff and students (in collaboration with at least one academic member of staff) to support larger-scale teaching innovation projects.

This academic year (2023/24) preference will be given to applications that address:

  • Improvements to the experience of assessment and feedback
  • PGT education and experience
  • Online/Hybrid learning

However other excellent and innovative learning and teaching proposals can also be considered.

Maximum of £3,000 funding per application.

Applications will require an initial EOI, followed by an invitation to submit a full application form if the project is deemed to be eligible for TDF funding.

How to apply for funding

Applications will require an initial verbal discussion with the TDF Panel, to do so please initially contact CLT followed by an invitation to submit a full application form if the project is deemed to be eligible for TDF funding.

After an initial discussion with the TDF panel, you may apply for funding, submit an EOI application form

Receiving payment

If your application is successful, the agreed amount will be made as a lump sum into a project K account.

Reporting back about your funding

Following the funding being given, outcomes will need to be made available to share more widely with University colleagues. This could be in the form of a blog post or a short talk at a forthcoming CLT Lunchtime Hub and/or EduFest, the University's annual learning and teaching conference. We would also expect a evaluation report, the Autumn of 2025. In the first instance, please email a brief synopsis to

Long-term project planning

Projects demonstrating a long-term sustainable plan will be given priority. Should your TDF project prove successful and you want to keep delivering it, you will need to consider where resource for this will come from. For instance, if ongoing funding or resource is needed to extend the project, or additional licenses need to be paid for, this will likely need to be included in the University’s annual financial planning round which is submitted for consideration in March. If the project is relevant to your department it is worth speaking to your Head of Department about this ahead of March. If the project is of benefit to the University more generally, please reach out to your finance office to initiate discussions. If you think your project may require further financial resource after the life of the TDF, consider the timing of your project from the outset to ensure you have sufficient evidence of success in time for the March deadline. We expect that projects completed in Semester two will be finished in time for evaluation during the annual planning phase for the following year.

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Contact us

If you have any questions or would like an initial discussion regarding your application, please contact us.

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