SCELT Scholarship

The 2019 scholarships have now been awarded ( you can find about the winning bids here). The winners of the 2019 scholarships are:

However we will be putting out a call for bids next year. The following information should help you prepare your bid. We do hope you’ll consider submitting an application.

The recently established Salford Community for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (L&T) is clear that Learning and teaching (L&T) and educational research must be a valued, integral and inspiring part of University of Salford’s landscape, feeding into Salford Curriculum + and influencing other L&T related groups and structures.

The vision and purpose of the Salford Community for Excellence in L&T Framework is to foster an institution-wide ethos for research-informed and innovative L&T practice which will inspire the academic community and cultivate excellence in L&T.

Salford Learning & Teaching Scholarship Scheme

Introduction to the Scheme

To support the community in attaining these outcomes, the Salford Community for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (L&T) is managing a new scholarship scheme which will enable University staff to undertake projects that will have a positive impact on student learning, attainment, outcomes and success.

Project bids should be up to £5,000 with those at the top end expected to demonstrate a significant level of collaboration e. g. across programmes/departments/ schools.

The deadline for submission will be posted in due course.

Overview

The Scholarship Scheme was introduced in 2019, and provides funding for projects that may be  innovative, research-informed, creatively disruptive, and strategically aligned.  We will particularly welcome project bids that aim to positively impact student success: retention; progression; employability; and practice learning/work-place.

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

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

We are seeking good quality applications that:

  • Have clear objectives in terms of student success  
  • Will demonstrably benefit both the applicant(s) and the wider University in the development of research-informed and innovative learning and teaching
  • Can be embedded into business as usual practices and are sustainable beyond the life of the project/activity itself.

Process

We run a one-hour workshop for interested applicants to help prepare your bid and answer any questions. Project bids are made via dedicated application. We then hold a mid-point L&T event for our scholars who will be expected to provide progress updates on their project to their line manager and other interested parties.

In May, at the end of the period of funding, 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 we intend to provide support to enable your work to be published.


Application Timeline  

  • Announcement call March/April: date to be confirmed
  • Applicant workshop: April
  • Deadline for applications: End April
  • Panel decision and feedback: Mid-May
  • Midpoint scholars meeting: October
  • Final L&T celebration event: May

All awards must be spent by May 

Application form is available here

For further information visit website: contact: Salford Community Excellence L&T Scholarship Administration team: scelt@salford.ac.uk


Benefits of Applying

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

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

Eligibility/Type of Project

We are seeking good quality applications that:

  • Have clear objectives in terms of student success 
  • Will demonstrably benefit both the applicant(s) and the wider University in the development of research-informed and innovative learning and teaching
  • Can be embedded into business as usual practices and are sustainable beyond the life of the project/activity itself


Any theme of research-informed L&T and innovation will be considered. Examples include:

a) L&T Innovation

  • Special events involving external guests
  • Practice learning/work-place
  • “Play”
  • Encourage active and performative participation by learners and teachers
  • Learning experiences that encourage a more performative and applied approach, or promotion of digital media initiatives that kickstart a new activity
  • Innovative use of teaching space
  • Develop open-space learning through performance, technology, and the design and the use of teaching space
  • Workshops
  • Lectures

b) System-wide Project

It is anticipated that this type of project will demonstrate a significant level of collaboration e. g. across programmes/departments/ schools. Example include: cross-faculty modules or re-design existing modules to encourage student research informed L&T;

c) Other

If you feel that your project does not fit into either of the above categories you will be asked to explain within the “other category”


Projects that align to the University of Salford or school strategic priorities around student success and are co- created with students will be particularly looked highly upon. Student success priority/themes that your project could address include: 

  • Retention
  • Progression
  • Employability
  • Practice learning/work-place learning
  • Creative curriculum
  • Transforming assessment and feedback using technology
  • Innovative use of space
  • Transforming your teaching (with technology)
  • Other:

You are also encouraged to clearly demonstrate how your project meets ICZ Ready Principles


What the Project Funding does/does not include

Included:

  • Spend on resources to support the L&T intervention:
  • Equipment
  • Technology (for the duration of the project)
  • Data collection, transcription, data entry
  • Resources to implement project

Not included:

  • Buy self out of teaching

If you are not sure please contact scholarship scheme for advice: scelt@salford.ac.uk


Support for Applicants

We advise you to attend Salford Learning & Teaching Scholarship Scheme Pre- application workshop to find out more about the scheme’s application process, expectations and eligibility (date to be confirmed).

Before you apply:

  • Attend the Salford Learning & Teaching Scholarship Scheme Pre- application workshop to find out more about the scheme’s application process, expectations and eligibility. Please see “support for applicants”
  • If you are unable to attend this workshop, you may contact Matthew Byrom at scelt@salford.ac.uk for further information
  • For advice on eligibility and suitable funding requests, please see ‘Eligibility’
  • Inform your Director of your application. You will need their approval to complete the project and attend associated events such as masterclasses, coaching and mentoring
  • Allow enough time to apply for funding

Before you submit:

  • Make sure your proposal meets all the required scheme criteria and School Quality Assurance processes (do we need to stipulate)
  • Make sure your proposal considers any ethical issues
  • Include a statement confirming support from the Director in which the applicants reside, as well as those departments in which the project will be conducted (if applicable)

You can download the guidance and application form here


Expectations of Successful Applicants

Successful applicants will become Salford L&T scholars of whom will be expected to contribute to activities supported by the Salford Community Excellence L&T. For instance, scholars will be expected to create an end of project piece presented in a way that supports their dissemination plan. Scholars are encouraged to think creatively and beyond producing the traditional written report (i.e. produce digital artefacts that can be hosted on the scheme website).

Scholars will also be expected to engage in the opportunities associated with the scheme that supports their educational leadership development. These will provide scholars with the opportunity to connect with a community of peers who are facing similar challenges and reflect on, document and share their experiences during the project via for example, the SCELT blog. We will expect you to present your ideas during the Festival of Research event.


Calculating Costs

Project bids should be up to £5,000 with those at the top end 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.  You should calculate the costs of the proposal. For example, new piece of equipment, transcription costs. To help complete this part of the application, refer to section  “What the Project Funding does/does not include” for further advice.