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Continuing Professional Development

CELT Sponsored Projects

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching sponsors a number of projects which are focussed on enhancing pedagogic practice and are aligned to the University's commitment to widening participation. 

Projects for 2021-2022

It is now possible to apply for funding for a project to be completed in 2021-2022. Applications are welcomed from academic and professional teams. Guidance and a link to an online form is published below. All projects should include costs and have approval of the Associate Dean for Learning Teaching and Student Experience for your School. 

Closing date for submissions: Friday 15th October 2021

All applications will be reviewed and final projects selected by the CELT Executive, at the September meeting. Successful projects will be announced by 31st October 2021. 

Guidance for applications

Our Learning and Teaching strategy indicates a number of areas which the University must focus on to enhance pedagogic practice, our students’ experience of learning and teaching and improve NSS. These include enterprise and entrepreneurship; work readiness and employability; a more active approach to learning; a curriculum that is demonstrable in the approach to support of students with mental health concerns; to a curriculum that demonstrates our three stage approach to student support, being highly supportive for first year undergraduate students, progressing through a more guided approach in year two and then a more independent learning approach in year three.

Our institutional Access and Participation plan which is required by the university regulator also highlights targets which the University must meet in relation to reducing gaps in access, continuation, achievement and progression of students.

Whilst there is already significant work going on to improve our offer, we would specifically like to sponsor a number of (2-3) small learning and teaching projects with each project being given between £1-5k  to enable staff to be released from teaching and other commitments to be able to undertake this project.


The application process requires the submission of  a research proposal which includes the following information:

  1. Title of proposed project.
  2. Names of research group to complete the project.
  3. Anticipated research participants / groups.
  4. Scope and detail of the project including specific research questions, methods and outcomes, ethical issues. 
  5. Dissemination plans.

In respect of successful awards:

  1. Funding must be spent within the agreed timescales (i.e. by 31st July 2022 unless otherwise agreed with the Director of Learning and Teaching).

  2. Funding may only be used for the purposes of which it was intended.

  3. CELT will require the submission of a short report, by a pre-agreed date, and findings and impact will be shared at the University of Suffolk annual learning and teaching conference.

  4. Findings will be published in a relevant peer reviewed journal (deposited into OARS in line with REF OA mandate) and may look to present at a relevant conference.

  5. All successful applicants will be expected to agree to and sign a terms and conditions document before receiving funds.

  6. Any events organised to promote or celebrate the project must be communicated to the CELT Executive.

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