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Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


The Digital Teaching and Learning Sub-committee (formerly the Teaching and Learning Services Steering Group) makes available grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 to assist with implementing innovative practice in any area of learning and teaching provision. The fund has been developed specifically to provide start-up funding for creative or exploratory projects ineligible for other sources of funding; bids should focus on new approaches or initiatives that enhance learning and teaching. The Sub-committee expects to be able to support up to ten projects each year. Any innovative project will be considered and need not necessarily be IT-focused, however bids in support of developing online learning are particularly welcome. Requests for funding primarily or solely for the purchase of equipment will not be accepted.

The projects that are awarded funding involve a new approach or initiative that will enhance teaching in the institution in which the project is to take place. Some projects are collaborative across institutions, and some projects can have great relevance across the wider University.

How to apply

Applications for the 2016-17 funding round are now open; all bids must be received not later than 4.00pm on Monday, 23 January 2017.  If you have any queries or would like to discuss a potential bid, please contact Melissa Rielly. Note that normally grants will be between £10,000-20,000, but exceptionally requests for smaller grants will be considered. Successful applicants will be asked to contribute to activities sponsored by the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Download an application form

Bids should include how the project's success will be measured and key evaluation criteria. Applicants may find the DIY Evaluation Guide, produced by the Education Endowment Fund, to be helpful.  Successful applicants will be asked to report back to the Sub-committee within a year of the funds being allocated, including evaluation of the project's success.  Projects should therefore be realistic and take this time constraint into account when submitting a bid.

Please note that the Fund is only available internally to members of the University of Cambridge; bids made from external sources will not be considered.

2015-16 awards

Bids to the 2015-16 Fund were extremely strong; the projects chosen will bring exciting new perspectives to teaching and learning at Cambridge.  Congratulations to those awarded funding:

Name Department affiliation Project title
Dr Clare Allen Veterinary Medicine E-portfolios to enhance student reflection in workplace learning environments
Dr Maximilian Bock Engineering MaterialsPi: Materials science education tools for Raspberry Pi integrated student projects
Dr Afzal Chaudhry Medicine Development and deployment of a mobile app to collect student feedback
Dr Ronan Daly Engineering Project TATE (Tablet Assisted Teaching in Engineering)
Dr Nicola Jones, Dr Priya Sastry, Mr William Mair, and Ms Nasima Ismail Medicine Managing shortness of breath and chest pain: Online moulages and interactive role-playing scenarios for medical students and junior doctors.
Dr Ingrid Obsuth Institute of Criminology Building positive and inclusive learning cultures through a theory-based staff training programme
Dr Michael Ramage Architecture Structural design principles: Diverse content for diverse minds
Dr John Richer & Dr Austen Lamacraft Physics PyCav: Unifying undergraduate computation at the Cavendish
Dr Chris Wingfield Archaeology Learning How to Look: Developing a Digital Teaching Collection for Archaeology

Read more about these projects on our projects page


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Previous years

2014-15 grants awarded

2013-14 grants awarded

2012-13 grants awarded

2011-12 grants awarded


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