Surgeons and students learn about new VR/AR technologies, including those to be used for carrying out virtual ‘biopsies’. The training session was held at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.

Enabling experimentation in novel, digitally driven models of education and associated pedagogical approaches, to enhance the delivery of our education and an inclusive student experience.  

Q&A session

The recording of the Wednesday 1 September Briefing and Q&A session can be accessed here.

Briefing Note and Call for Proposals

We are running an open call for proposals for learning and teaching innovations to be funded by the College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and the President’s Excellence Fund.  

We are looking to fund projects which pursue the goals of the Learning and Teaching Strategy and are particularly keen to hear from teams with proposals which will enable experimentation in novel, digitally driven models of education and associated pedagogical approaches, to enhance the delivery of our education and an inclusive student experience.  

This call draws together two existing Funds, the Pedagogy Transformation Fund and the President’s Excellence Fund for Learning and Teaching InnovationAnd introduces a new Digital Innovation Fund which reflects our renewed ambitions to explore the potential of emerging technologies and work collaboratively across the College’s ecosystem for educational technology

Outline proposals for projects should be submitted by Friday 24 September 2021, after which they will be considered for strategic approvalProposals in receipt of strategic approval will be supported to work with relevant teams to work up a full business case and project plan for final agreement.  

Two funding rounds will be held in 21/22. One for projects to starting in October 2021 and a second for projects starting in April 2022. 

Funding Priorities

For simplicity and cohesion we are running one unified call for all three Funds. Applicants do not need to indicate which fund they wish to apply for – proposals will be reviewed in line with the College’s key priorities for education and will be prioritised under the most appropriate route.  

Each fund is aligned to subset of specific strategic priorities developed to further the key goals for education (as outlined in the briefing note). The funding priorities of the three Funds within this call are as follows:  

Information on the three funds

Pedagogy Transformation Fund

  • To strengthen the education elements of the Academic Strategy and further complement the research elements – further embedding our research into our education.
  • To develop a flexible offer of Lifelong Learning opportunities for our students and global community, particularly drawing on technology-driven delivery.
  • To enhance the student experience of education by supporting initiatives that challenge and support our students to fulfil their potential.

Digital Innovation Fund

  • To invest in novel, innovative digital tools and associated pedagogical approaches that further the College’s key goals for education.
  • To explore the potential of emerging technologies to enhance the teaching and learning experience. For example: Data related technologies such as AI/ML/Learning analytics and emerging immersive media formats including VR/AR/360 video.
  • To enable experimentation with novel, digitally driven models of education such as micro-credentials and stackable qualifications.
  • To further engagement and collaboration with the College’s ecosystem for educational technology, including the faculty and interdisciplinary Edtech Labs.   

President’s Excellence Fund

NB. Below outlines the specific AY 2021-22 themes of the President's Excellence Fund for Learning and Teaching Innovation

  • To turn diverse backgrounds and cultures into an opportunity for mutual learning, taking advantage of different experiences and perspectives.
  • To strengthen support for students and working to embed equality, diversity and inclusivity in the campus community


Funding Call Information

Who Can Apply?

We particularly welcome multidisciplinary and cross-College proposals which are aligned to and further our key objectives for education and the student experience

We welcome applications from across the breadth of the College and its Faculties, Departments, Institutes, and teams. We are keen to particularly encourage:

  • Multidisciplinary and cross-College proposals, including from our Global Institutes
  • Proposals with potential for pan-College impact, and/or integration with other established College projects
  • Proposals which are developed with students as partners
  • Proposals which align our Learning and Teaching and Academic and Strategies
  • A range of short and longer-term projects (see section 5 of the briefing note).

What Can Funding Support?

In line with the College’s Learning and Teaching Strategy, the aim of the funding is to enable the realisation of creative new projects by providing resources and freeing-up time and space for staff to innovate, to develop and adapt known methods, and to introduce entirely new teaching methods while evaluating the effectiveness of these methods in the context of Imperial.

The ongoing cost of teaching with new pedagogies is normally comparable with traditional teaching, but the cost of supporting the transition from old to new can be considerable. The funds made available through this application process are meant to cover the costs of supporting this transition, not ongoing costs. Therefore, funding is available to support projects which demonstrate a strategic and sustainable approach. Applications for funding must be supported by the Head(s) or Departments(s) or equivalent.  

The resources needed to carry out a project will depend on local priorities, the scope, the size of the department/team and the extent to which the proposal develops and entirely new activity or builds upon existing work.

Application and Development Process

The proposal form is available here: Learning and Teaching Funding Opportunities Briefing Note and Call for Proposals

Two funding rounds will be held in 21/22. One for projects to starting in October 2021 and a second for projects starting in April 2022.

Proposals for the first funding call should be submitted by Friday 24 September 2021 to

Dates for the second call will be announced in the Autumn.

If a project is granted strategic approval, the proposed team will be invited to take part in a post-approval development process which will support them to develop their plans, business case and evaluation approach. This programme will be delivered through local workshops, drop-in sessions and resources. Full business cases and project plans will then be agreed ahead of the formal start of the project.

A briefing and Q&A session about this call will be held in August. Teams considering making an application are strongly encouraged to attend this session, which will also be recorded.

Further Support for Project Teams

Members of staff who are funded to work on approved projects will join a multidisciplinary community of staff and students who are engaged in the development, research and evaluation learning and teaching across College and the sector. Teams in receipt of funding will be encouraged to take an active role in this community by sharing project progress and outcomes at meetings, events and written communications.

Project teams will be able to tap into an extensive pool of colleagues with diverse and deep expertise and interests to help further develop their projects and will be supported though College networks and centres of expertise to build these links.

Those receiving funds are expected to take an evidence-based approach, evaluating innovation and change and ensuring that their work is informed by the educational research literature. Support to do this will be provided through opportunities to engage with professional development and networking opportunities provided by CHERS and the Education Office.