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Combined Funding Call 2023/24

Have you an idea to improve the MTU Teaching, Learning, Assessment  and Student Engagement experience?

Each academic year, the Teaching & Learning Unit (TLU) and AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office invite applications from individuals or small teams from faculty/schools/departments/central services for funding, of up to €2000, to develop projects that positively impact on teaching, learning, assessment and student engagement.

There are three funding streams available, two from TLU and one from AnSEO, and we are typically interested in funding projects around the following themes/approaches:

  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Active Learning
  • Student-staff collaboration
  • Inter/Cross-Disciplinary collaboration

An information session was held on Friday 19th May 2023, - the session was recorded and can be viewed below:

Key dates

  • Closing date for applications is Friday, 9th June 2023 at 17:00
  • Applicants will be notified by Monday, 19th June 2023

What funding streams are available?

There are three funding streams available, two from TLU and one from AnSEO, as follows:

  1. TLU Teaching and Learning Development Fund - for projects that seek to enhance any aspect of Teaching and Learning experience.
  2. TLU Learning Community Fund - for groups of like-minded individuals to meet and learn together, sharing ideas through workshops, conferences or resource development.
  3. AnSEO’s Transitions at MTU Fund - for projects that impact any aspect of transitions that students experience (adjusting socially/academically into first year; settling into second, third or final year of their studies; moving from undergraduate to postgraduate study; departing to/returning from periods of work placement to full time study; adjusting from employment into full-time or part-time study)

How much funding is available?

Up to €2000, although larger sums may be applied for if matched funding can be secured from the home department/unit.

What period is funding available for?

Funding can be made available for one or more of the following periods:

  • Up to 31st August 2023, apart from MTU Learning Community Funding
  • Semester 1, 2023-24
  • Semester 2, 2023-24

Depending on when funding is applied for, all associated spending must be completed as follows:

  • Before 31st August 2023 applications – 31st August 2023
  • Semester 1, 2023/24 applications – 31st January 2024
  • Semester 2, 2023/24 applications – 31st August 2024

What does the funding cover?

Meeting costs, materials, equipment, software, travel, conference fees, printing, visiting speakers/facilitators fee, etc. Other reasonable requests may also be considered (please note: funding cannot normally be used to buy out lecturing time of staff).

What do we expect from you?

Should a project receive approval for funding, we expect the following from the project team:

  • A record of the project spend and assurance it is in line with MTU Finance Office policy.
  • Provision of a short activity report following completion of the project funded, for which a template is provided, and should include photographs, testimonials, copies of promotional materials etc.
  • A commitment to disseminate ideas, good practice/outcomes and capture feedback/impact of the project, e.g. via departmental/school/faculty/institution websites, poster/paper submissions for conferences, seminars, workshops, publications, award applications, etc.
  • A commitment to acknowledge the use of TLU/AnSEO Funding by inclusion of the relevant funding stream's logo and text below on any resources connected to/developed as part of this project. For high-resolution/print versions of the relevant funding stream logo, please contact tlu_team@mtu.ie.

This is a <<insert funding stream name here>> project supported and sponsored by the Teaching & Learning Unit and AnSEO – The Student Engagement Office, Office of the Registrar and VP for Academic Affairs, MTU Cork Campuses in partnership with the Department of <<insert your Department name here>>.

What can you expect from us?

All applicants can expect to receive useful and relevant feedback on their application. In addition, successful applicants can expect our support to:

  • Develop useful connections to individuals, or groups, where related ideas, practices and experiences can be shared or built.
  • Capture feedback on their outputs from peers and students
  • Disseminate their outputs both internally and externally via seminars, workshops, conferences, publications, award applications, etc
  • Explore how their work might, if appropriate, be mainstreamed so as to have maximum impact on the MTU community.

How will applications be evaluated?

Broadly speaking, applications will be assessed in terms of how well their work is planned, how innovative the application is, what impact the outputs might have on teaching, learning, assessment and student engagement, how sustainable and transferable the outputs may be across the institute - an outline of the assessment criteria that will be used to review applications is provided.

How do I apply?

Only applications submitted via our online application form will be considered - however, a proposal template has been developed for the convenience of project leads to help in the preparation of applications tlu-anseo-combined-funding-call-application-form-2023-24.

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