Funding support


The Learning and Teaching Academy oversees a range of funding streams and support to help colleagues to develop their professional practice and engage in research.  


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Building leadership capacity

Aurora is Advance HE’s leadership development programme for those identifying as women.  Following the success of last year's participation, five places are being funded by the University in 2019/20 on the Aurora Programme.  More about this year's participants.

Applications for the Aurora Programme are now closed.  

The LTA also supported five colleagues on the 2019 Jisc Digital Leadership programme.  Fiona Grant, Fiona McConnell, Scott Connor, Roray Stewart and Ruth Priest attended two residential sessions in Edinburgh in October 2019.  The group will continue to support each other as they take forward a range of digital initiatives. Scott's recent blog post shares his reflection from the programme. 

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The LTA Scholarship Fund provides funding for individuals or teams of university staff to undertake research or evaluation in education-related topics.

Applications for 2020/21 will open in April 2020

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University Staff Development Fund

The university’s staff development fund is managed by the Learning and Teaching Academy (LTA) in close partnership with colleagues responsible for staff development in their academic partner college and executive office. The fund supplements approved contributions made towards a programme of study by an academic partner college or executive office department.   

The research staff conference fund supports colleagues attending research conferences. The fund is managed by the university research office.

Application deadlines for Semester 2 panel meetings are: 6 March; 1 May and 5 June