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.
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.
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
- Institute of Criminology: Learning Together – Being, belonging, becoming
- Computer Laboratory: Online tools for small group teaching
- Faculty of English: English literature timeline