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University launches Teaching and Learning Funding Programme

04 Sep 2014

Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Learning offers project funding for 2014-15 academic year

The University is establishing a Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Learning (CHERIL), based in the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE), and will launch its programme of project funding for the 2014-15 academic year at an event on Thursday 11 September.

CHERIL aims to:

  • Provide University Senior Management with strategic advice on developments in teaching and learning across the sector and to identify agendas for research into higher education.
  • Promote original, rigorous educational research into pedagogy, policy and practice in HE, including through externally funded research and innovation projects (e.g. the HEA collaborative projects) across the field and within the University.
  • Promote inquiry into practice in HE teaching, through an evidence-based’ approach, exploring particular issues and creative responses, evaluating the impact of interventions in terms of ‘what works’ (i.e. impact analysis) and ‘how does it work’ (to enable other to learn from trialled approaches), and by maintaining a network and website that archives key publications and promotes colleagues’ reporting of pedagogical innovations.
  • Serve institutional needs of UoM, by helping University and Faculty teaching agendas to engage with day-to-day academic teaching practice, and by feeding back the findings and evidence of colleagues involved with frontline teaching to senior management.

The programme of project funding for 2014-15 will support the Centre’s its broad aims and bids from the following areas are particularly welcome:

  • Transition and Retention
  • Degree Attainment, particularly in relation to differential attainment
  • Personalised Learning (e.g. Lecture flipping, approaches to feedback etc)
  • Learning Analytics
  • Learner Identity (including professional identity for Academic colleagues)
  • Learning through Research
  • Distance and/or Blended Learning

It is anticipated that in most cases individual project funding will not exceed £20,000 and in many cases will be considerably less. Bids in excess of £20,000 will be considered but will need to include a detailed breakdown of funding requirements, and will be subject to additional scrutiny.

Further information

The Centre will be hosting an event to launch the funding programme on Thursday 11 September, 3.30-5pm, in Alan Turing G207, where there will be an opportunity to find out more about the aims of CHERIL and ask questions about the funding programme.

Places are limited at this event, if you would like to attend please RSVP to

The full funding pack will be available from Thursday 11 September at: