Evidence for Enhancement: Improving the Student Experience

Please note: The call for LTEP funding is now closed.

The University of Aberdeen’s Learning & Teaching Enhancement Programme (LTEP) was established in 2007 to encourage the introduction of enhancement activities in learning and teaching and to disseminate effective practice throughout the Institution. This round of the LTEP concentrates on ‘Evidence for Enhancement’, which aligns with the Quality Assurance Agency Scotland’s current sector-wide Enhancement Theme. 
 
Colleagues are invited to apply for LTEP funding which this year focusses on how evidence (either qualitative or quantitative) might be used to improve the student experience. You can apply individually, or as a member of a discipline or School. Would conducting a small piece of pedagogical research, creating a resource or hosting a small event enable you to investigate your idea in more detail?  Have you existing data that requires analysing to help inform and develop your teaching? Initiatives must focus on making an identifiable difference to the student experience, and should also have the potential for wider impact and dissemination across the University.
 
Funding can be used to evaluate initiatives which support the undergraduate, taught postgraduate or research postgraduate learning experience. It is anticipated  that there will be a further round of LTEP funding in the academic year 2019/20, which could support the further dissemination of these findings. 
 
Following on from last year’s programme of funding we would be particularly interested in funding projects that address the following scholarship themes:

  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Retention and Progression
  • Positive Outcomes
Key dates

Submission deadlineExtended to 5pm on Friday 18th January 2019 

Funded activities take place: second half-session 2018/19 (or later with prior approval)

Funding used by: end of July 2019

Final report required by: end of July 2019 depending on the implementation of individual projects (Please note: It is expected that this report will be made available for dissemination across the University. Successful applicants may also be asked to present their findings at institutional events including the University’s Annual Academic Development Symposium or the Annual Learning & Teaching Network Event, and to contribute to the Good Practice webpages).

 

Who can apply?

All staff are welcome to apply. Staff involved with any of the institutional Task Forces addressing the above topics may find this programme of particular interest. It may also be appropriate to use an LTEP project to help to support an application to achieve professional recognition by the Higher Education Academy. Applications initiated by students but involving academic staff are also welcome. These must be submitted via the Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA).  
 

What can be funded?

The LTEP does not normally provide funding of more than £3000 per project. Smaller projects are encouraged. As funding is limited, money will not be awarded for the buyout of staff time. Below is a list of items and services that LTEP funding has paid for in the past. Other items and services will be considered on their individual merits by the LTEP Panel. You can find information about previous LTEPs here

  • Additional resource to undertake evaluation activitiy eg. a short-term (temporary services) appointment or student intern
  • Catering (eg. to support focus groups)
  • Transcription services
  • Research or conference travel with particular focus on education
  • Printing for guides, teaching resources and posters
  • Costs associated with exhibitions and meetings (eg. catering, printing etc)

Please note:

(i) For this LTEP, all costs should be for the purpose of evaluation

(ii) LTEP funds cannot be used to buy out salaried staff time

(iii) Conference attendance to support the identification and dissemination of effective practice or to disseminate LTEP project findings will be offered through a second round of funding later on in 2018/19 or early in 2019/20

How to apply

Prior to submission, all staff applicants are required to discuss their project with the Dean most relevant to their proposal. Student applicants should contact the AUSA Education Officer before submission. Advice on applications can be sought from staff in the Centre for Academic Development (cad@abdn.ac.uk).  Funding will be allocated on a competitive basis, with decisions being made by a panel of staff from the Institutional Evidence for Enhancement Steering Group.

If an application is successful, the applicant’s LTEP award will be held in a discretionary account within the Centre for Academic Development to be drawn upon.