On 9th November 2020, the Minister of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, announced a non-competitive funding for the higher education sector. The Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement (SATLE) 2020 funding call is being published by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETLHE), in partnership with the Higher Education Authority and it signals a significant commitment to the enhancement of teaching and learning in Irish higher education.
The total value of the call was €5m, of which MTU was allocated a total of €343,000 - with MTU Cork receiving €269000 and MTU Kerry receiving €74000. As with SATLE 2019 fund, allocations were made to each individual institution based on their percentage share of core grant. The investment is designed to bring together teaching and learning expertise, institutional priorities and dedicated funding through the recurrent grant allocation, to support strategic alignment and to drive teaching and learning innovation across the higher education sector.
MTU decided to use its funding in two ways:
- RAFT – Reimagining Assessment and Feedback Together - a project to take forward a strategic body of work to enhance Assessment and Feedback at MTU which will involve working with academic staff on both programme based and module based assessment and feedback enhancements
- Transforming Teaching and Learning for Student Success Projects – projects funded following the open call to all MTU staff to propose teaching, learning, assessment and student engagement (TLASE) projects that they saw a need for and were keen to do something about.