Call for Proposals
The present Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Theme is Resilient Learning Communities and will run until summer 2023. It combines sector-wide activity with institution-specific action.
HWU’s institutional approach focuses on Strengthening our Global Learning Community: Resilience as Collective Action. We’ll be considering what our global learning communities will look like by 2025 and how we can prepare our staff and students to adapt and develop approaches to learning that will meet future challenges. We need to explore – practically and pragmatically – how responsive and resilient our community is, to identify key areas for enhancement, and to consider how we will know we are moving towards a stronger, more resilient global community.
Focus of Year 2 Projects
Through this work we will build a picture of what ‘resilience in action’ looks like, from individual, institutional and sector perspectives. In doing so, the focus will be on practical, collective action to enhance practice.
For Year 2 of the Theme, we continue our areas of special interest:
- Resilient pedagogies
- Resilient teaching teams
- Student action for resilience
Mini-project proposals are expected to align to one of these areas. See below for further details of each special interest area.
Project teams are encouraged to be creative, innovative and experimental in approach, whilst drawing on evidence and learning from across the higher education sector. Please browse our completed projects for inspiration.
Projects will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Relevance to the themes of the Call for Proposals
- Relevance to HWU Strategic Priorities
- Focussed plan which will be completed by June 2022
- Initial study / pilot of larger plan, which will be completed by June 2022
- Dissemination plan
Support for Project Teams
Project teams will become part of a Special Interest Cluster (SIC). Successful recipients of mini-project grants will have opportunities to meet with other members of their SIC to discuss progress, develop their evaluation plans and work on their dissemination outputs. We also invite other members of the Heriot-Watt global community who have an interest in the above themes, but who are not in receipt of a grant, to join the relevant SIC to share ideas and practice. We will be building on the experience of the mini-projects of last year. We have a dedicated Teams site for discussion about projects, and aim to develop our support offering.
Successful recipients will be expected to submit an update report to the Enhancement Themes Steering Group by the end of May, 2022. They will also be invited to present their findings at HWU Learning and Teaching Week (June, 2022).
The normal funding maximum will be £1500 per project. Project funds should be spent by June 30th, 2022.
If your funding proposal is for a longer term project which requires funding beyond this date, please indicate in the proposal the activities you will complete by the end of June 2021, and a plan of activities beyond this timeframe.
This call is open to all Heriot-Watt Staff and Students at all campuses. Proposals for projects that include student contributions and / or have a global or multi-campus element will be particularly welcome.
Applications will be considered by the Enhancement Themes Steering Group, with successful project teams notified of outcomes w/c 13th September, 2021.
To submit a project proposal please complete the application form and submit online by
2nd September 2021 deadline extended to 15th September 2021. If you require the application form in an alternative format please contact Dr Anne Tierney (contact details below)
Please direct any questions regarding this funding, or possible projects, to Dr Anne Tierney (firstname.lastname@example.org)