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Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


The University offers several sources of funding for staff who are interested in pursuing new initiatives to impact on teaching and learning.  The Centre is continually looking for more ways to support staff initiatives and develop funding sources.

Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund 

The Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TLIF) has been designed to provide start-up funding for projects looking at innovative teaching methods.  Projects can be bespoke for a particular course or collaborative across institutions, and some projects could have a greater relevance to the wider University.  Awards are made yearly, in a bidding round that runs from November to January.  More information and examples of previous awards can be found on the TLIF webpage.

Widening Participation Project Fund

As part of its commitment with the Office for Fair Access (OFFA), the University provides its departments and faculties with approximately £250,000 p/a for initiatives linked to increasing participation in higher education from disadvantaged or underrepresented groups.  The Cambridge Admissions Office (CAO) administers the Widening Participation Project Fund (WPPF) on behalf of the Outreach Steering Group (OSG), on three-year cycles.  The next round of bidding is expected to open in Michaelmas term 2017 for projects commencing in the 2018/19 academic year.  For more information, please contact Mark Walmsley (  You may also find it useful to review current WP initiatives on the University's Widening Participation pages


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Teaching that Changes Lives: Cambridge academics receive Butler Trust Award

14 March 2017

Two Cambridge academics, Dr Ruth Armstrong and Dr Amy Ludlow, have received a prestigious Butler Trust Award for their innovative ‘Learning Together’ project in which prisoners at HMP Grendon and students at the University of Cambridge study together within the prison. The Butler Trust Awards, established in 1985...

Applications are now open for the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2017-18).

8 March 2017

The course is for staff who teach and support learning of Cambridge University students. Taking an enquiry-based approach to exploring challenges in teaching and learning in Cambridge and beyond, the Postgraduate Certificate provides an opportunity to extend your understanding of how students learn extend your repertoire...

CUSU Student Led Teaching Awards 2017

7 February 2017

Nominations are open for the Student Led Teaching Awards (SLTAs), which aim to recognise the exceptional contribution of teaching and non-teaching staff to education at Cambridge. The awards are entirely student-led and are organised by Cambridge University Students’ Union (CUSU). Students are encouraged to nominate an...