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Transforming Teaching and Learning for Student Success


Applications Closed

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. The full call document is available on the NFETLHE website.


The fund is being administered in MTU by the Offices of the Registrars and Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs under the leadership of Ms Marese Bermingham (Head of AnSEO/Head of TLU, MTU Cork) and Dr Tom Farrelly (MTU Kerry).


The following provides an overview of an information session held in MTU on Tuesday, 16th February 2021 and a copy of the slide deck can also be downloaded.


MTU will use €190,000 of its allocation to support 10-20 projects of between €5000-€20000 in “Transforming Teaching and Learning for Student Success” which can fall under the following subthemes:

  • Enabling Policies and Practices
  • Engagement and Student Partnership
  • Professional Development and the Centrality of Staff Who Teach
  • Evidence-based Decision-making
  • Supporting Transitions and Cultivating Belonging
  • Assessment and Feedback.

In addition, the NFETLHE are keen to encourage projects that include student partnership, co-creation with students and developing open educational resources.


Please note applications will only be accepted via the online application form,

However an application form template is also available to assist with the preparation of applications as well as the criteria that will be used to assess applications.


In addition, please note the following key dates:

  • Opening Date for Applications 16th February 2021
  • Closing date for Applications 10th March 2021
  • Completion of External Review of Applications 18th March 2021
  • Applicants Notified of Outcome 27th March 2021
  • All Funding Spent by 31st December 2021
  • Projects Completed 31st May 2022


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