Education research and 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

The Eden Centre is the School’s centre for higher education research and expertise. As well as conducting our own research, we fund academic fellowships, co-lead the LSE Change Makers programme with the LSE SU and work with research assistants during the academic year to investigate different aspects of education and the student experience at LSE.  

Through the Eden Catalyst fund we enable evidenced-based education development and innovation projects across LSE.

We also foster critical scholarly debate and investigation through the LSE Higher Education Blog and our Atlas academic development programme. Colleagues on the PGCertHE have the opportunity to undertake an independent inquiry into pedagogic practice.   

Finally, the LSE Education Evaluation Framework enables colleagues across the School to undertake evaluative research to better understand the success and impact of their projects and initiatives.   

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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 voices, partnership 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 in principle you will then proceed to stage 

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.

If you wish to apply, please use the online Expression of Interest Form. Here is a blank form to give you an idea up-front of the form sections and questions.

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

Fellowships for LSE staff

Below you can access information about different types of Fellowship available to LSE academics. They are:

Eden Fellows HEA scheme

SOTL Fellowships

Inclusive Education Action Plan Fellowships focussed on Decolonising

Eden Development Fellowships

Undergraduate research internships

The Eden Centre has funding available to employ undergraduate students as research interns or assistants during the academic year 2022/23. Find out more here

Education for Sustainability Student Internships

The Eden Centre has funding available to employ both undergraduate and postgraduate students as research interns or assistants during the academic year 2022/23. 

This is intended to support LSE Academics’ commitment towards education for sustainability, but also to offer students different experiences such as insights into how to embed education for sustainability in the existing curriculum; support curriculum enhancement, participate in course design and research skills development.

Applications are now open - please apply via this link. This process will remain open until midnight on Tuesday 31 January 2023.

For more information, visit our Education for Sustainability Resources page.

Education research and analysis

On this page, you can find data analysis, summaries, reports and other informative documents on education at LSE.

Explore the Education analysis page here.

LSE Education Evaluation Framework

The aim of the LSE Education Evaluation Framework is to support colleagues in designing and conducting evaluations for their activities, with a focus on activities taking place in the education and student experience space. This evaluation work will allow us to better understand our work, and improve activities over time. 

The LSE Education Evaluation Framework takes a reflexive approach to evaluation. Rather than prescribing a specific methodology or evaluation objectives, it provides a framework for users to design an evaluation addressing their priorities with methodologies they consider most appropriate. 

Evaluation Fund 

To support projects in conducting evaluations, we have established the open Evaluation Fund. Funding is available for LSE projects to hire student research assistants to support the design and delivery of evaluation.  

We are inviting applications to the evaluation fund from all LSE projects. To submit an informal application (outlining the scope of the evaluation and tasks for a research assistants) or discuss questions, please reach out to Jonathan Schulte, Evaluation Manager in the Eden Centre (    

Pilot Phase 

We are currently looking for a second round of pilot projects for the 2022/23 academic year. If you have a project and would like us to work with you on designing an evaluation using the LSE Education Evaluation Framework, please get in contact

We started to pilot the LSE Evaluation Framework in the academic year 2021/22 with six projects from across the School. 

A range of projects are involved in the pilot phase:

  • Colleagues in the department of Psychological and Behavioural Science are evaluating student and staff perspectives on the cross-course Integration Essays for second-year students. 
  • The Eden Centre is evaluating the Peer Study Groups run in departments, and how their setup impacted students.
  • The Eden Centre is also evaluating LSE’s approach to the creation and reuse of Open Education Resources, using the research diaries originally developed by Amanda Sheely as a case study.
  • The Careers Teams is evaluating the Micro-Internship Programme’s selection process and impact on students.
  • Colleagues from PAGE are evaluating the impact of a combined scholarship and leadership programme on students.
  • Colleagues from LSE LIFE are evaluating the impact of the Prepare to Learn pre-arrival online course on student transitions and outcomes at LSE.

Using the Framework 

If you have any questions about the framework or how you might use it in your work, please reach out to Jonathan Schulte, Evaluation Manager in the Eden Centre (    

You can also find more details on the framework and key resources here.