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CHERIL invites project funding bids

24 Jun 2015

The Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Learning based within the Manchester Institute of Education is launching a programme of project funding for the 2015-16 academic year

Following a successful programme of project funding during the 2014-15 academic year, the Centre for Higher Education Research, Innovation and Learning (CHERIL) Leadership Group are pleased to announce that a new programme of funding will be available for the 2015-16 academic year.

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Director of CHERIL, said “I was delighted with the response we had to the launch of CHERIL and the first funding round this last academic year. At present, we have 14 projects (all exploring cutting edge practice) under way, ready to present their findings – which will be for the benefit of the university and the wider higher education sector.   The outcomes and impact of these projects – some of which are already the focus of national conference workshops - will be presented at a one day conference at the University on 7 December. At this time where Teaching Excellence in higher education has never been so prominent on a government's agenda, it is timely that we launch our next funding round, seeking bids that will take our understanding further of how we at the University of Manchester can be ahead of the curve in our thinking and practice with respect to university teaching and learning.”

CHERIL is based in the Manchester Institute of Education (MIE). The broad aims of the Centre are:

  • 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 (HE).
  • To promote original, rigorous educational research into pedagogy, policy and practice in HE, through externally funded research and innovation projects (eg the HEA collaborative projects) across the field and within The University.
  • To 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’ (ie 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.
  • To serve institutional needs of The University of Manchester, 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 Centre is interested in funding projects that support its broad aims and particularly welcomes bids in the following areas: Learning effectiveness; Learning Gain; Teaching Excellence Frameworks; changes to secondary education and implications for transition to higher education and review of External Examining.

The Centre will be hosting an event to launch the funding programme on 8 July 2015 in University Place. There will be an opportunity to find out more about the aims of CHERIL and ask questions about the funding programme, all interested parties are invited.

Further information

To find out more about the Centre or to register your attendance at the above event, please visit: