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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.