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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 have now closed; details of the award winners can be found below.  The next round of funding will open in autumn 2017 and an application form will be made available on this website; if you have any queries in the interim or would like to discuss a potential bid, please contact Dr Holly Tilbrook in the first instance.

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.

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.

2016-17 awards

Bids to the 2016-17 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 Alex Copley Earth Sciences App development for using satellite data during fieldwork teaching
Dr Peter de Bolla English Electronic Shakespeare
Dr Brian Ferguson Pathology Learning immunology in the digital world
Dr Jason Rentfrow Psychology There's an App for that: Using smartphones to promote wellbeing among students
Dr Phillip Stanley-Marbell Engineering GRAPPLES: Graphical programme with physical laws for engineering students
Dr John Williams and Dr Rupert Brown Linguistics Online essay writing toolkit for Linguistics students
Dr Martin Worthington Archaeology Teaching a 3D script


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Previous years

2015-16 grants awarded

2014-15 grants awarded

2013-14 grants awarded

2012-13 grants awarded

2011-12 grants awarded


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