Summary of funding opportunities – including a funded PhD

*JISC funding:
 Transformations fundthis one for HE institutions  [two opportunities and two deadlines:  22nd Feb and 16th April] but a separate opportunity for the
FE and Skills sector is on its way – anticipated to be released on 17th Feb, 2012

See these pages for an overview of currently available JISC funding and to sign up for regular updates.
And this briefing paper about making successful applications
And this guide to making bids with JISC

*HE Academy funding
Overview: Link here
In particular have a look (scroll down the page) at the Collaborative Grants Scheme with its themes of internationalisation or employability – call is open on 27th Feb, submission deadline April 22nd, 2012.  Max of £60,000 per project. Project duration will be 18 months.
Collaboration may be cross institution and/or interdisciplinary. The project lead must be a Fellow of the Academy

 *11 fully funded PhD studentships – Cardiff School of Social Sciences – to start September, 2012.  Deadline for application 16th March, 2012.  More details

*£20 million of interest free loans available for energy efficiency projects across the public sector covering schools, hospitals, local authorities, further and higher education organisations.  Application deadline: 31st March.  Details

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A round up of funding still available for applications

Some of these funding sources have been flagged up earlier, but I thought it worthwhile to gather them together in case you’ve missed any:

*Growth and Innovation Fund Re-Opened for Applications (England) The second phase of the Growth and Innovation Fund (GIF) is still open for applications.  Check out eligibility criteria though – this is an opportunity for collaboration for Colleges and HEIs rather than direct application. [Deadline for outline proposals is 31st January, 2012]

*The Joint Information Systems Committee  (JISC) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) invites institutions to submit funding proposals for Projects to enhance digital infrastructure to support open content for education.  More details

The deadline for receipt of proposals in response to this call is 12:00 noon UK time on Friday 27th January 2012.


*Higher Education Academy Teaching Development Grants
Dates for applications for individual, departmental and collaborative projects are approaching. See the HEA funding pages


*Open Educational Resources:  HEA Certificate Development Projects Invitation for submission of project proposals for development of PG Certificate programmes for new staff. Up to £20,000 per project.  Deadline 9th January, 2012

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Resources and links

*New guidance for using medical recordings in teaching.  Although some of this may not be directly relevant to your context, the ethical principles on which guidance is founded has application to a range of similar situations

*The Teaching Perspectives test – want to have a go? What do you think of it?  A good start for a discussion at least?

*One of my new colleagues – Anthony B – spotted this link that looks well worth browsing on e learning resources –  it belongs to the keynote speaker at this conference coming up next year:  Learning Development in a digital age: emerging literacies and learning spaces

*This looks like a very useful blog to follow if information literacy is your interest

*JISC Procureweb has launched a new website that will help those involved in procurement across the post 16 education sector.  Find out more

* Twitter:  reading the riots.  Research project uncovers the story

* Quadblogging…. an approach to social media that could be harnessed across all sectors to support learning [passed on to me by my colleague Judy B.]

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Supporting teacher educators

*There’s a bunch of opportunities coming up through the
Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN)
Follow this link to the events page on their website.

Alas it looks like most of them have a cost, but not extortionate!
Location seems to be shared between the North (University of Cumbria which has a Lancaster campus as well as Carlisle) and London; with their annual conference in Birmingham.

Topics that caught my eye that are based at the Uni of Cumbria:
-Becoming a teacher educator for those new to the job (29th March)
-Special Educational Needs  (13 Jan)
-Abstract Writing (9th Jan)
-Successful presenting (28th Feb)
-Motivating learning (23rd Feb)

*I included this in the resources section but worth flagging it up here too:
The Teaching Perspectives test – have a go.
What do you think of it?  A good start for a discussion at least?

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Events: from Dec through to June – online, local and abroad

*Stockport College have heard that they have been successful in their bid to host an HEA seminar.  The theme is about providing ‘fresh feedforward’.  Agreed date is 29th June, 2012… but more on that and the programme nearer the time.

HEA seminars:  ‘Participating institutions will each receive a grant of £500 to host and deliver a workshop or seminar promoting research and evidence that has informed departmental and institutional policy and/or practice.’
The thematic call is closed but the discipline call is open throughout the year.

*Discovering mentoring and using it to enhance student experience for support, retention and employability. 
Free online event:  14th December, 12.30-13.45    More details 

* And another on 14th December – this one at 1:00 pm:  JISC Digital Media will run the second in its series of three live, free, online one-hour webinars on video creation.  This one will focus on the production phase of the video creation process, where the actual video footage is shot.  Attendance free for all members of any UK FE or HE institution.

Learning Development in a digital age: emerging literacies and learning spaces   Leeds, April 2nd-4th, 2012
Organisers are currently reviewing proposals for sessions received so far (the deadline was Nov 21st)  before deciding whether to extend the deadline. If you are still interested in proposing a session for the conference, please contact to register your interest

*A bit further afield this one but you can present to it virtually and get the same publication opportunities as those who are there:
Canada International Conference on Education
It looks to be of interest to a wide range of subject disciplines… More

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‘To spoon feed is not to nurture’

*This Times Higher Education piece is on a topic that many of you have raised in discussion…  though it only just touches on the range of issues relating, it’s worth picking up on.

[Following up the reference in the article to a conference at Nottingham Trent University (which has already happened) titled ‘Learning How to Learn in Higher Education‘, I came then upon an organisation I hadn’t been aware of:  The Action Learning, Action Research Association.  Looks promising…]

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A mixed bag of influences on HE

Just a small selection of influences that caught my attention over this last month or so… mix these all together and I’m not sure what you get…

*Even though not directly impacting on HE, there are implications implicit in this latest from the Department of Education:
‘All vocational qualifications to be judged against strict new rules’  Read more

*HEFCE response to BIS technical consultation
Following the higher education White Paper in June 2011, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) published a technical consultation on a new, fit-for-purpose regulatory framework for higher education.
HEFCE’s response to this consultation and an accompanying commentary are available on their site.

*’27 universities and colleges seek to cut fees after government moves goalposts’
It’s been revealed that 27 universities and colleges have applied to reduce their fee levels after the government changed the rules over student places.

 *HEFCE update on Bids for ‘margin places’news of outcome anticipated in Jan/Feb next year 

‘FE Colleges forced to bid to win back places’
To quote from this Times Higher Education article:
“In its original proposals, Hefce suggested that colleges it directly funded – and which were charging tuition fees of less than £6,000 – would not face the 9 per cent cut in places being applied to universities to create the 20,000-strong pool.  However, Hefce changed its plans following a recent consultation with the sector – although FE institutions’ first 50 higher education places will escape the cull.”

 *Impact on teacher training for FE: ‘£20k bursaries for schools; nothing for FE’  Read more

*Open Access
‘JISC welcomes the UK Open Access Implementation Group’s (OAIG) reports and new repositories resource pack released today.  The Benefits to the Private Sector of Open Access to Higher Education and Scholarly Research report and the Open Access Fees Report, show the outcomes of research into the benefits of open access to commercial companies and findings from a consultation on the practicalities of paying for open access publication….’
View JISC’s work on open access 
Find out more about JISC Collections

*Using Facebook for recruitment
Though a story from the United States, this is worth taking account of [I picked this up via the Linkedin HE Teaching and Learning Group discussion]

*UnionLearn launches Dyslexia awareness campaign
The implications of this run in different directions….
‘A survey of union learning reps found that a lack of understanding of dyslexia is widespread in the workplace. However, two-thirds of those surveyed said that their employer was prepared to make adjustments for workers with dyslexia.’ Read more

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