Eden Centre funding


the School will recognise and reward excellence and innovation in teaching and offer opportunities for academic staff to develop themselves and to create an educational offer for students that is ambitious, challenging and rewarding

LSE Education Strategy, Strategic Objective 1

LSE has several streams of funding available to support the development and delivery of education enhancement activity at the School. Applications to all of these streams are welcome from individual academics, teams of staff or cross-departmental groups.

The Eden Fund for Strategic Innovation and Change (£10,000 - £50,000)

LSE’s Eden Fund for Strategic Innovation and Change is designed to support the delivery of the education and student experience-related aspects of LSE 2030. It is targeted at all student levels. Successful project bids will be:

  • In line with key School strategic priorities in LSE 2030 in relation to education enhancement, including those linked with NSS and TEF themes
  • Designed to make a sustained and measurable improvement to the quality of students' education and their related experiences
  • Planned and implemented in partnership with students and/or their representatives.

You can read the Eden Fund Applicant Guidelines here - this includes information on application deadlines.

Please download the Eden Fund application form 2019/20 to apply. Completed applications should be emailed to eden@lse.ac.uk

The Eden SIC Fund will be open for applications in 2019/20. The deadline for applications is:

Midday Thursday 30 January 2020 

If you have any further questions after reading the guidance document, please get in touch with Dr Claire Gordon, Head, Eden Centre for Education Enhancement.

The Eden Catalyst Fund (up to £10,000)

If you have an idea for smaller-scale education and student experience related initiatives you can apply for Eden Catalyst funding for up to £10,000. The fund supports initiatives which contribute to the development and delivery of education enhancement activity at the School in line with LSE 2030 and we are particularly interested in applications relating to the following themes:

  • Curriculum enrichment

  • Technology enhanced learning and digital innovation

  • Diversity, inclusion and decolonisation

  • Student voice and academic support 

How to apply

There are two stages to your application:

  1. Submission of an Expression of Interest (EoI) form, which is a simple, high-level application form with an outline of the project and an estimation of cost that will allow the funding panel to agree to a project in principle. For applications of less than £1,000 this is the only form required. For applications of more than £1,000, if your EoI is agreed you will then proceed to stage 2.

  2. Submission of a Project Plan: the Eden Centre Development Advisers (DAs) for your department will work with you on the submission of a more detailed project plan. The project plan will outline the activity, resources, timescales and outputs for the project. Once this has been submitted and agreed by the funding panel, the money will be transferred to your department budget for implementation.

To make an application please use the online Expression of Interest form.

Once completed this form will be automatically sent to the Eden Centre for the funding panel's consideration. We will respond to EoIs within 2 weeks of submission.

Student Experience Enhancement Fund (SEEF)

The Student Experience Enhancement Fund (SEEF) for 2019/20 opened for applications on 10 September 2019. SEEF will continue to provide financial support to Departments and Divisions for activity that will have an immediate impact on improving the experience at all student levels in 2019/20. Awards will be capped at £1,500.

Application Criteria for SEEF

We are seeking applications for activities that:

  • Have been and/or will be developed in collaboration with students
  • Demonstrably aim to enhance the student experience and NSS outcomes
  • Are new and non-recurrent.

Applicants will need to:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Undertake to provide a brief write-up of the impact of the SEEF funding once the activity has occurred.

Please download the SEEF Application Form 2019/20 to apply. Completed application forms should be emailed to eden@lse.ac.uk. Application form responses should be concise. There is no deadline for applying as the fund will be available throughout 2019/20. 

Review and selection

A panel will review and select applications on an ad-hoc basis, as applications come in, and draw on expertise from elsewhere in the School as needed.

The target turnaround time for making a decision is within 10 days of receipt of a complete application. Both successful and unsuccessful applications will be notified within 5 days of the panel’s decision.  

Change Makers

Change Makers is an exciting, collaborative project between LSE and LSE Students’ Union that gives students the chance to make meaningful change at LSE through independent research.

Running across Lent Term 2020, Change Makers will fund up to £65,000 worth of student-led research projects in 2019/20. For further details, visit the Change Makers webpage.

Undergraduate Research Internships

Funding is available for departments to create undergraduate research internships and/or assistantships in 2019/20.

The Eden Centre for Education Enhancement is happy to fund different approaches for these internships/assistantships, so that departments and academics can choose the most suitable model for them. For example:

  • activities can take place within or outside term time
  • students can be resident in London or working remotely
  • time commitment can be shorter or longer

Two main models are already in use at LSE, and the Eden Centre for Education Enhancement are willing to fund either:

  • Research internships – students carrying out more substantial projects (some previous projects have been for 100 hours) with a greater degree of student independence. These projects are likely to develop students’ overall research skills.
  • Research assistantships – students supporting academics’ research projects, with more limited student autonomy. Activity could be focused on a more limited research task.

Internships/assistantships would take place during 2019/20, concluding before October 2020.

The Eden Centre for Education Enhancement is pleased to discuss potential projects, and to put departments in contact with academics who have carried out similar projects. There is no deadline for applications (as long as the proposed projects can be carried out by October 2020).

Please contact the Eden Centre for Education Enhancement with enquiries and/or to apply for funds.

It would be useful to know the number of students you plan to involve, the timing of the project, the name of the lead staff member and what form of project you envisage. (Projects should not require students to work more hours than are recommended by the School, or are specified by Tier 4 Visas.)

 Some resources on previous undergraduate research internships:

 

Departmental funding from the Eden Centre

The Eden Centre also curates two LSE funds to support teaching and learning developmental activities for academic departments or Heads of Academic Departments.

1. LSE Departmental Development Fund

This fund is aimed at department-wide development for teaching and learning such as away-days or events related to the development of inter-disciplinary teaching. It can be used towards the costs of external speakers or facilitators or other expert support and necessary resources.

We would expect departmental away-days to come within a total budget of no more than £1000 for a medium-sized department. If you would like to request more than that, we encourage you to consider a co-funding approach and to discuss your plans with Dr Claire Gordon, Head, LSE Eden Centre (email c.e.gordon@lse.ac.uk ) prior to making any arrangements.

Download the DDF Application Form

If you would like to discuss ideas for other departmental training, and/or development, please contact your departmental adviser.  

2. LSE Heads of Department Fund

This fund is aimed at supporting the development of academic Heads of Department and can cover activities such as:

  • Funding for external management training
  • Access to an experienced coach
  • Succession planning
  • The planning and implementation of departmental events relating to teaching or research strategy

To discuss ideas for applications to this fund, Heads of Department should contact Dr Claire Gordon, Head, LSE Eden Centre (c.e.gordon@lse.ac.uk) in the first instance.