Salford Learning & Teaching (SCELT) Scholarship Scheme

2020/21 Scheme now open – apply by 18 December

After a successful first round of projects in 2019, the SCELT scholarship scheme is again open for applications. We will support projects that will make a real impact upon student engagement and success, with up to £5,000 funding and a development and mentorship programme. SCELT scholars become part of a community, working together to develop teaching and learning practice and academic leadership across the University.

The following information will help you prepare for the 2020/2021 scholarship, and you will find the application form and criteria below. We hope you’ll consider submitting an application, and come along to one of our application workshops to find out more.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 18 December 2020.

Why apply?

Becoming a scholar of the Salford Learning & Teaching Scholarship Scheme provides opportunities for:

  • Networking with other scholars and project teams through masterclasses and events
  • Educational leadership development through ongoing mentoring and coaching
  • Applying educational improvement methodologies to demonstrate maximum impact
  • Career development in learning and teaching
  • Joining a growing Salford Community for Excellence in L&T

Call for scholarship applications

Please read the guidance and criteria below before applying via this online form.

Educational Research Ethics Advice and Q&A: video for applicants

Project and eligibility criteria

The focus for our 2020/2021 scholarship is the move to online, distance and blended teaching and learning. We are looking for projects on this theme which also address at least one of the following sub-themes / priorities: 

  • Enhancing student progression (retention) 
  • Employability, path to professional, work readiness  
  • Health, wellbeing and/or resilience   
  • Inclusive curriculum / inclusive learning environment 

Projects should:

  • Have a clear rationale in terms of their impact on student success.  
  • Demonstrably benefit both the applicant(s) and the wider University in the development of research-informed and innovative learning and teaching.
  • Have the potential to be embedded into future business as usual practices and sustainable beyond the life of the project/activity itself.
  • You are also encouraged to clearly demonstrate how your project meets ICZ Curriculum Design Principles.

Applicants should:

  • For the lead applicant: be a current member of University of Salford staff with a contract of employment until at least July 2022.
  • In the case of team projects: nominate a lead applicant to submit the application. Only one application required per project.
  • Consider potential collaboration opportunities within and beyond your school/directorate and including students. We welcome collaborative and cross-disciplinary projects involving diverse project teams.
  • Name all other project team members on the application.
  • Ensure all team members are familiar with the guidance on this page and the ‘Expectations of successful applicants’ below.

Judging process

Applications will be considered by a diverse panel of representatives from across the University and Students’ Union, according to the judging criteria.

Project funding

Not all projects require funding. If funding is required, applicants can bid for up to £5,000 per project. Applications at the top end of this limit are expected to demonstrate a significant level of collaboration e. g. across programmes/departments/ schools. Match funding will be considered but applicants are required to find the match fund. 

All awarded funds must be spent by 31 July 2022.

You should calculate the costs of the proposal, for example, new piece of equipment, transcription costs, and outline these in your application. Please consult the list of eligible/ineligible costs below before applying, and contact us if you have questions: j.a.leigh4@salford.ac.uk.

Costs covered by the funding:
  • Spend on resources to support the L&T intervention, including:
  • Equipment
  • Technology (for the duration of the project)
  • Data collection, transcription, data entry
  • Resources to implement project
Costs not eligible to be covered by the funding:
  • Buying staff out of teaching

Scholarship Process & Timeline

We’re committed to supporting colleagues throughout this scheme. This begins with a one-hour workshop for interested applicants to help prepare your bid and answer any questions.

If successful, you will join a programme of regular development sessions and events and will be allocated a mentor.

We also hold a mid-point L&T event where our scholars provide progress updates on their project to your line manager and other interested parties. At the end of the scholarship period, a final celebratory event provides scholars with the opportunity to disseminate project impact and to network with the next cohort of scholars. We hope that you will be able to mentor future scholars and intend to support you to publish and share your work.

  • Call for applications opens: Monday 19th October
  • Applicant workshops via Teams: to join, follow the relevant link from this dedicated SCELT Scholarship Applicants Team (no need to book):
    • Friday 23rd October 2020, 2-3PM
    • Monday 2nd November 2020, 12-1PM.  This workshop is to support BAME members of staff in making applications 
    • Monday 9th November 2020, 11-12 midday
  • Deadline for applications via online form: 5pm on Friday 18th December 2020
  • Panel decision and feedback: By mid-February 2021
  • Development and mentorship programme: February 2021 – Summer 2022
  • Midpoint scholars meeting: July 2021, where scholars will share good practice and discuss progress to date
  • Deadline for any awards to be spent: 31 July 2022
  • Final L&T celebration event:  Summer 2022

Thinking of applying?

Expectations of Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will become Salford L&T scholars. As a scholar, you will be expected to contribute to SCELT activities and actively share the learning from your project.

This includes engaging with your allocated mentor and participating actively in the programme of opportunities associated with the scheme. The programme is designed to support your development in educational research and leadership. It helps you connect with a supportive community of peers facing similar challenges and to reflect on, document and share your experiences during the project.

We will also support you to share the outcomes of your project as widely as possible. You will create and disseminate an end-of-project output as part of your dissemination plan. Here, you are encouraged to think creatively, beyond producing the traditional written report (e.g. digital artefacts that can be shared via this website and beyond). In celebration of your work, we will ask you to present your ideas during our Festival of Research event.

Before you start:

  • Attend the Salford Learning & Teaching Scholarship Scheme Pre- application workshop to find out more about the scheme’s application process, expectations and eligibility. See the ‘Scholarship Process and Timeline’ section above for links to workshops.
  • Ensure you have read the ‘Project and eligibility criteria’ and ‘Project Funding’ sections above.
  • Consider the potential for collaborating with colleagues within or beyond your school/directorate.
  • Inform your line manager and Director/Head of Service of your application. You will need their approval to complete the project and participate in the development programme, including engaging with your mentor.
  • Allow yourself the time you need to complete the application process.

Before you submit:

  • Make sure your proposal meets all the required scheme criteria and adheres to School Quality Assurance processes (e.g. programme and module approval).
  • Consider any ethical issues and inclusivity issues associated with your project within your application.
  • Ensure you understand the ‘Expectations of successful applicants’ below.
  • Include a statement confirming support from the Director (or Head of Service) of the directorate/service in which the project will primarily be delivered.

Apply online

For further information contact Professor Jackie Leigh: j.a.leigh4@salford.ac.uk


2019 Scholarship Scheme

The Scholarship Scheme was introduced in 2019, and provided funding for projects that were innovative, research-informed, creatively disruptive, and strategically aligned. We particularly welcomed project bids that aimed to positively impact student success: retention; progression; employability; and practice-based/workplace learning.

You can find more about the 2019 successful scholarships here. Our 2019 scholarship holders are: