Teaching and Learning funding


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LSE Education Strategy, Strategic Objective 1

The Teaching and Learning Centre curates three LSE funds to support teaching and learning developmental activities for academic departments or Heads of Academic Departments.

1. LSE Teaching and Learning Development Fund 

This fund supports projects aimed at developing or reviewing new/existing courses and programmes including approaches to assessment and feedback. It also welcomes initiatives focused on the integration of research into undergraduate studies, the inclusive curriculum and the development of GTAs at the departmental level. 

Please feel free to contact your Teaching and Learning Centre departmental adviser in advance of applying to any of these funds for further clarification and/or discussion of possible options to take your projects forward.

Please note that these Funds do not cover academic conferences. We would also ask that, if your project is primarily about the use of new technology in teaching, you consider Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI) support or SPARK funding in the first instance. 

            TLDF Swift

If your application is for a small project or piece of work and requires less than £750 of funding, you can use our short online application form: a shorter form and a swifter application process. TLDF Swift runs all-year round.

Apply for TLDF Swift Funding

TLDF Swift Application Form

            TLDF Full

The TLDF Full fund could grant you up to £2000 to support projects aimed at developing or reviewing new/existing courses and programmes at any level (UG, MSc, PhD), including approaches to student learning, and assessment and feedback. It also welcomes initiatives focused on the integration of research into undergraduate studies, the inclusive curriculum and the development of GTAs at the departmental level

For 2016/17, in line with the School's new Education Strategy, there will be a particular focus on:

  • the design and review of courses and programmes
  • the gathering, analysis and use of student feedback 
  • benchmarking educational provision against peer departments
  • reviews of departmental communications with students
  • embedding academic skills development into course teaching and assessment
  • developing research-led teaching opportunities for undergraduate courses or programmes

Bids for projects that do not relate to these are also welcomed, but in the event that funds become tight, priority will be given to applications that seek to address one or more of these areas. 

For more information about the criteria for funding, see section lV below.

                    I. Funding Rounds

There are three funding rounds for 2016/17:

Michaelmas Term -  26 September - 25 November

Lent Term -  9 January - 17 March

Summer Term  - 24 April - 26 May

                    II. How much is available?  

Project funding typically ranges between £500 and £2000. If any department is interested in applying for larger grants, the Teaching and Learning Centre is happy to support them in making applications for other sources of funding.

                    III. What is the application process? 

To apply for the TLDF Full, please download and complete an application form and return it to Dr Claire Gordon, Head, LSE Teaching and Learning Centre, 20 Kingsway (KSW 5.01), or by email to c.e.gordon@lse.ac.uk.  

Please feel free to contact your Teaching and Learning Centre departmental adviser in advance of applying for further clarification and/or discussion of the possible options to take your project forward.

Once funding has been agreed for projects, departmental advisers will liaise with project leaders on implementation and a final report. Your departmental adviser may also ask you to write a good practice case study upon completion of the project.

Download the TLDF Full Application Form [Word.doc]

                    IV. What are the criteria for funding? 

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of staff in LSE's Teaching and Learning Centre and decisions on funding will be made against the following criteria:

  • Remit - how the project proposal meets the aims and purposes of the LSE Teaching and Learning Development Fund (as outlined above)
  • Rationale - how the project fits into the departmental context, promotes student learning and enhances teaching development.
  • Sustainability - how the project will be integrated into longer term departmental practice once the funded elements are completed.
  • Transferability - whether the project is relevant to teaching and learning on other courses in the department, or can be replicated by other LSE departments.

             V. What happens once the project is completed?   

We will ask you to send us a project report along with any photographs (of events, etc) and/or material outcome (publications, etc), for potential inclusion in promotion about the Fund. Project reports and related materials may be published on the Teaching and Learning Centre website and/or edited for use in the LSE Education Blog and other materials.

We may also invite project leaders and their students contribute to the preparation of a good practice case study for publication on the Teaching and Learning Centre website and to present their work at events.

Finally, we ask that you please acknowledge the LSE Teaching and Learning Development Fund on any information you publish yourself about your project.

2. 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 Teaching and Learning 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 Teaching and Learning Centre departmental adviser.  

3. 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 Teaching and Learning Centre (c.e.gordon@lse.ac.uk) in the first instance.