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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 2017-18 are now closed.


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.



Featured Projects


2017-18 Awards


Department affiliation

Project title

Dr Mark Gotham


"Cut Outs": An automated generator of music theory exercises for all" (visit the website) 

John Harding

Disability Resource Centre

ALLY - supporting lecturers in making all course material accessible

Dr Noel Rutter

Materials Science and Metallurgy

Increasing the effectiveness of learning and teaching via collaborative production of video content in Engineering and Materials Science

Dr Tomasz Matys
Dr Karen Eley


Enhancing radiology learning using digital case repository and 3D printing

Dr Maurice Chiodo

Mathematical Sciences

Professional ethics: teaching the ethics of mathematics to mathematicians

Elizabeth Tilley

University Library

Cambridge libraries open educational resource for pre-arrival masters students


Previous Years

2016-17 grants awarded

2015-16 grants awarded

2014-15 grants awarded

2013-14 grants awarded

2012-13 grants awarded

2011-12 grants awarded


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