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Funding criteria, terms and conditions for the Teaching Development Fund (TDF)

Information for staff wishing to submit an application to the TDF to support initiatives that enhance learning and teaching.

What projects will the TDF support?

Projects must demonstrate how they will enhance teaching and the student learning experience and contribute towards the delivery of the University’s Education Strategy 2016-21.

The Fund is open to allow proposals to emerge from existing good practice, innovative ideas and current issues in the University and the wider HE sector. Projects may wish to undertake research into an aspect of learning and teaching in higher education, or may seek to develop practical approaches.

In 2020/21, projects should align with the key principles of Curriculum Transformation within the context of our institutional approach to blended learning and teaching – the Bath Blend. Applications that focus on directly supporting good practice in approaches to assessment and feedback across the University will be welcomed, together with those that contribute to the Bath Blend more generally.

Selection critieria

The proposed project must demonstrate that it will enhance teaching and the student learning experience through the direct support of teaching.

Preference will be generally given to those projects that demonstrate the following:

  • a clear rationale for the enhancement (based on, for example, evidence of need, existing good practice at the University or elsewhere, or the learning and teaching literature);
  • cross-departmental collaboration;
  • involvement of students as active partners;
  • potential relevance more widely across the University (through, for example, sharing of lessons learnt from the project or possibility of adoption and/or adaptation by other departments);
  • sustainability of the project outcomes beyond its funded lifetime.

In addition, the full project plan must include the following information:

  • the scale, scope and methodology of the project;
  • a description of how the project will enable the exchange of ideas and/or practice;
  • an outline of the benefit (in terms of professional development) to the project leaders and participants;
  • a plan for the evaluation of the effectiveness of the project;
  • evidence of prior consultation with relevant professional services, e.g. Digital, Data & Technology (DD&T), CLT and the Library;
  • evidence of prior liaison with the University's Legal Officer if an external contractors is to be involved, to ensure that the University is not detrimentally affected by issues concerning copyright.

Who can submit an application for funding?

Proposals are invited from all staff, as individuals or teams, in academic departments, Professional Services and the Students Union. Please note that all proposals should include a member of teaching staff, together with their agreement to have their name included. Initiatives which involve inter-departmental/cross-University collaboration will be particularly welcomed. Project leaders are encouraged to involve students as active collaborators in the work.

Your proposal may not be considered if the report of a previous TDF project, with which you have been associated, has not been submitted.

How much funding can I ask for?

There is no formal lower or upper limit for funding; projects can be small or larger scale. When considering what to bid for, it is worth being pragmatic about what can be achieved within the 12 months of the project lifetime – a small-scale, high quality project will have greater impact (and be easier to run) than something larger and more complex.

What can I use the money for?

Funding might be used, for example, to:

  • buy-in staff or student time to work on the project (e.g. administration or data gathering and analysis);
  • fund the hosting of events, such as focus groups or workshops.

Funding cannot be used for:

  • general capital equipment, such as laptops, except where a strong case can be made for equipment that will subsequently be made available to, and benefit, a wider department;
  • current full-time staff salaries. However, support to increase the hours of part-time staff will be considered.

You may find it useful to read our further guidance on the types of expenditure typically supported, which also gives an example of a TDF project costing.

Sharing project outcomes

In order to optimise collaboration and the sharing of good practice and experiences, successful project leaders or teams will be required to:

  • participate in the TDF project network;
  • share their outcomes via a short presentation at a Talk Teaching event organised by the Centre for Learning & Teaching or at EduFest, the University's annual learning and teaching conference and/or share their outcomes (e.g. as a talk, poster, video) within their Department or School, within Faculty Learning & Teaching Quality Committees or other alternative forum;
  • provide an evaluative report to the Education, Quality and Standards Committee (EQSC). This report will also serve as a case study for dissemination and may be shared on the TDF webpages.

Leading or contributing to a TDF project can also be used towards a claim for HEA Senior Fellowship via the Pathways to HEA Fellowship (PHEAF).Your project outcome can provide one of your case studies and evidence of impact. Find out more.

What advice and support is available?

The TDF is administered by the Centre for Learning & Teaching (CLT). The team will provide support in a variety of ways, for example:

  • providing one-to-one advice on writing proposals;
  • publicising and organising opportunities for collaboration and the sharing of ideas and experiences;
  • providing individual guidance on external publication or bids;
  • identifying and creating opportunities for dissemination.

If you have any queries, please contact clt@bath.ac.uk.