Pedagogic projects' funding 2021-22

From the Higher Education Pedagogies, Policy and Practice (HEPPP) Research Network.


The University funds projects through an annual call to enable UWE Bristol staff and students to pursue research and development activities related to learning and teaching.

The projects programme encourages the development of innovative and collaborative learning and teaching practices and tools to enhance the student learning experience, while providing the opportunity for personal development.

There are two streams within the programme:

  • HE Pedagogy, Policy and Practice (HEPPP) research projects: up to £2,500 each.
  • Student Partnership projects: up to £5,000 each.

To discuss a project idea, ask questions about the bidding process, obtain an application form or request a link to an information session, please email Dr Helen King at

Application process

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 23 February 2021. Please note that only UWE Bristol staff and students are eligible to submit. Application forms can be downloaded from the Pedagogic Projects Funding page on the staff intranet (UWE Bristol staff login required), or obtained by emailing Dr Helen King at

The scheme is open to anyone involved with teaching and/or supporting learning in the institution. Students are encouraged to approach staff with ideas for partnership projects.

Up to £30,000 will be available in total for Pedagogic Projects in 2021/22.

There is a two-stage application process:

  1. With the lead staff member’s line manager’s approval, send your application form to the Academic Practice Directorate by the deadline (23 February 2021). They will then be reviewed by the relevant Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching. If successful, you/your team will be invited to pitch your project idea.
  2. You will pitch your proposal to a panel. The projects to be funded will be assessed against the criteria, based on their application form, their pitch and responses to questions from the panel. Successful projects must submit a full project plan and ethics approval form by Tuesday 19 October 2021 in order to be eligible for funding.

Outcomes will be made available after Easter to allow for workloads to be planned.

2021/22 timeline

  • Information sessions on Blackboard Collaborate:
    • 10 December 2020, 12:00–13:00, and
    • 27 January 2021, 14:00–15:00.
  • Submit application form by 23 February 2021.
  • Proposal pitches, if invited – week commencing 22 March 2021.
  • Successful bids will be announced after Easter 2021.
  • All successful projects submit full project plan and ethics approval form by 19 October 2021. (Student Partnership plans and ethics forms must be co-created between staff and students).
  • HEPPP research projects may commence any time after 1 August 2021, subject to approval of full project plan and ethics.
  • All projects are expected to start by November 2021, once the project plan and ethics have been approved. Funding must be spent by 31 July 2022.

Eligibility and available funding

HE Pedagogy, Policy & Practice (HEPPP) research projects:

  • A maximum of £2,500 is available per project.
  • There are two suggested themes for this round of funding: Student Partnerships and Inclusivity, but other topics will be considered.
  • Project ideas will be favoured that cut across Department or Faculty boundaries.
  • Projects must relate to learning and teaching pedagogy, policy or practice in higher education, and align with the 2030 Learning and Teaching Strategy priorities.
  • All staff who are involved in teaching and/or supporting learning are eligible to apply.
  • Students should  be involved where appropriate but not necessarily as team members.
  • All team members must receive confirmation from line managers.

Student Partnership projects

Students are encouraged to approach staff with ideas for partnership projects as well as vice versa.

  • A maximum of £5, 000 is available per project.
  • The projects must be led as a partnership between students and staff. Students must be named as team members and appropriately remunerated for their time.
  • The project may address any live topic which relates to the enhancement of learning and teaching. They are intended to be practical interventions that make a difference to students' learning or which explore important factors influencing student learning at UWE Bristol. 
  • The application form, project plan and ethics approval form must be co-written with students. The pitch should be co-delivered unless timetabling/diary clashes prevent this.
  • Project ideas will be favoured that cut across Department or Faculty boundaries.
  • Projects must align with the 2030 Learning and Teaching Strategy priorities.
  • All staff team members must receive confirmation from line managers that they may contribute to the project. 

All successful projects will be expected to present their findings/outcomes at the UWE Bristol Festival of Learning.

A total of £30,000 will be available for 2021/22 projects. This is equivalent to four HEPPP research projects and four Student Partnership projects.

Funding may be used to contribute to WLBs for team members whose time is managed through WAMS. Other staff members must receive confirmation from their line manager that they will be given the appropriate time to contribute effectively. Student team members should also be appropriately remunerated (recommended at £10 per hour per student as a lump sum honorarium). Funding may also cover any other expenditure that is required to enable the project to be successfully completed, evaluated and disseminated.

Funding must be spent by 31 July 2022.

Assessment procedure and criteria

Evaluation of the applications and pitches will be made by a cross-University review panel against set criteria. The outcomes will be sent out shortly after Easter 2021. On some occasions, following recommendations from the panel, some teams might be invited to re-work their proposals. In these cases, final outcomes for those projects might be agreed at later date.

Applications will be evaluated according to the following set of criteria:

  • The project must address an issue related to learning and teaching in higher education (eg addressing an issue arising from SRSFs or from annual monitoring, Programme Enhancement Review).
  • Applications should show evidence that the activities and outcomes arising from the project are new and/or are significant developments for the Department, Faculty, service or University.
  • Student Partnership projects should demonstrate how the proposed activities might have a positive impact on the student learning experience.
  • Specific, tangible outcome or output (eg an event; a guide or briefing; journal article; evidence-based recommendations; case studies; videos; podcasts etc).
  • Outcome or output that is realistically achievable with the small amount of funding and limited time available.
  • The project should demonstrate potential impact and engagement beyond the applicant's/team members' immediate academic or professional role.
  • Student Partnership projects must be co-led between staff and students, and HEPPP research projects are encouraged to involve students.
  • Realistic indicative costing, including workload requirements and for students' time.

To discuss a project idea, ask questions about the bidding process or request a link to an information session, please email Dr Helen King at