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CHERIL Grant Award

CHERIL funds all kinds of projects relating to Higher Education. However, the Centre is particularly interested in the following areas that support its broad aims of enhancing and promoting teaching and learning excellence through research and the sharing of best practice.

The CHERIL Grant Award is a competitive research grant open to University of Manchester staff. The grant facilitates research into aspects of teaching, learning and assessment, which enhance teaching and the student experience at University of Manchester. CHERIL usually awards 10-14 grants per academic year; up to £20,000 (although smaller grants are more usually awarded). For more information, and how to apply, please see the CHERIL Grant Award call


Contributing to the delivery of the University’s strategic objectives in teaching and learning, especially:

  • excellent teaching
  • distinctive graduate attributes
  • making a difference
  • learning through research
  • global awareness

Understanding and informing sector developments and higher education policy, especially:

  • learning effectiveness
  • learning gain
  • teaching excellence frameworks
  • changes to secondary education and implications for transition to higher education


Conducting Educational Research

Conducting a CHERIL project may be the first step into educational research, however, there are no particular hard and fast rules of which methods are most appropriate other than they must be ethical and be appropriate to answering your research question. Educational research covers qualitative / quantitative – positivist / interpretivist approaches. Types of activities may include the following:

 Interviews | Experimental / psychological designs | Ethnography and auto-ethnography | Focus groups Questionnaires Data mining / large data sets | Action Research | Interventions | Arts based research (drama, music, film, photography

 Completing a Literature review

Scope the literature to (1) get a sense of the kind of methods used in similar studies, (2) to situate your research amongst that field, (3) to identify the gap or problem you will address and (4) identify any potential difficulties in conducting the research and address research ethics. Sources of information and/or examples of literatures reviews can be found at:

Further Support

1. BID writing support - this is provided by faculty Research Support
2. You could also try engaging with educational researchers at University of Manchester through the following networks: