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These awards provide funding for proposals to support the development of educational projects within the Division, and can be made to individuals or teams.

This financial award 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. The award sum is yet to be agreed, but previous awards have been in the region of £1,500-£3,000. 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 Graduate School research training and transferable skills training initiatives (in the context of the forthcoming bid to the MRC for future studentship funding)
  • 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Staff are advised to discuss their ideas for projects with Aga Bush  prior to submitting a formal proposal.

How to Apply

  • Individuals and teams can apply using the Project Award application form.
  • 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).

Previous Recipients

  • Dr Robert Wilkins and Dr Mark Wormald (2012, Departments of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics and Biochemistry), to develop a bank of multiple-choice questions for use by examiners in setting the Biomedical Sciences Preliminary Examination, involving post-doctoral researchers and senior post-graduate students.
  • Dr Imogen Davies, Dr Claire Colebourn, Dr Elize Richards, and Dr Elaine Hill (2009, Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics), for the design and implementation of an innovative Critical Care/Anaesthesia Simulation, delivered within the wider ‘Preparing to Practise as a Doctor’ course for final year medical students.