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Project Awards provide financial support to individuals and teams wishing to undertake a discrete project to enhance students’ education and to address other educational priorities.

Project Awards can be used by the proposers of projects in a variety of ways, such as for ‘buy-outs’, administrative or research support to underpin the project, materials or software. Projects will usually be considered which request Teaching Excellence Award funding of up to approx. £5k. Funds associated with Project Awards are usually paid to a Department or College. In some cases, the award sum has been matched by the recipient’s Department or College.

Strategic Areas

The Division is seeking to encourage, in particular, project proposals under the following themes – which align with Divisional and University strategic objectives – but projects in other areas are also welcome:

  • Developing new Access and Widening Participation initiatives in relation to both undergraduate and graduate admissions (for undergraduate admissions, initiatives should be aligned to the Wallace report recommendations available at

and include evaluation of the impact of the project)

  • Developing Graduate School research training and transferable skills training initiatives
  • Development or use of innovative methods to support the delivery of teaching/to enhance students’ learning experience (whether for undergraduate, graduate taught or graduate research provision)
  • Developing opportunities to increase undergraduate and/or graduate taught students’ understanding of marking criteria
  • Developing teaching opportunities for graduate research students


These awards are open to Collegiate University staff, whether or not they are, or have previously been, a recipient of an award(s) in another category or categories.

In considering proposals for Project Awards, the Selection Panel will look in particular for evidence of the following:

  • It is realistic in terms of scope, time and cost;
  • Degree of fit with overall departmental/course/divisional strategic aims; and
  • It is likely to make a significant contribution to the department’s/course’s activities and/or the applicant’s area of work.
  • It may have potential scalability/relevance across the Division and/or University


  • Please note that if undertaking a project requires departmental or college support (such as materials or other resources, or agreement to some buy-out from duties) the proposal must include written agreement from the relevant person(s).