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What's this all about?

what's this all about

What is a transformation project?

During an education transformation project you design and develop a teaching and learning initiative for your MRes/MSc programme, with support from the our team. Transformation projects might involve one module, a whole programme, or a group of programmes. The aim is to enhance the experience of students and staff in learning, teaching or assessment.

Why does my course need a transformation project?

If your MRes/MSc programme has long-standing problems that you would love to fix, or you have an idea for enhancing the educational experience for both staff and students, then an education transformation project is for you.

Give me some ideas!

Start by thinking locally: 

  • how do you spend your valuable time?  
  • what would make the biggest positive change to your experience as a teacher or organiser?  
  • what works well in your module or programme?  
  • what do students or staff or external examiners complain about?  
  • what gives you a sense of accomplishment when teaching?  
  • what approaches or practices are you longing to drop or put in place?  
  • what doesn’t seem to join up properly?  

I already have a great idea: can't I just get on with it by myself?

Yes, you can. In addition, an ET project can bring benefits like additional educational insight, peer review, a content expert, and ongoing dialogue to support your innovation. 

I don’t want to propose a project but would like to learn more about teaching and learning practices. Who should I contact?

ET fellows can provide focused ad hoc support for implementing small scale changes that don’t require a project. You can also subscribe to the FoM PG Education newsletter [insert link]. For more general introductions, the EDU runs excellent workshops and courses. 

Why is the College encouraging this kind of thing?

Imperial is renowned for research, and now aims to raise its profile as a center of teaching excellence. For this reason, the College wants to promote educational initiatives, spread good practice, discover new ways of teaching and learning, and encourage reflective practice. At the same time, Imperial wants to gather evidence about ‘what works’, and evaluation is a key feature of ET projects. 

I’ve got an idea for a new master’s programme – is this covered by education transformation? 

Although new programme design is beyond the scope of ET, the ET team is keen to informally discuss any ideas for a new programme that illustrates ET principles.

How can I get involved?

how can i get involved

Am I eligible to apply for ET support?

Applications can be made by academic staff including teaching fellows, or staff working in other areas of student or learning support including learning technologists.

Can I apply on my own, or do I need to assemble a project team?

You may submit an Expression of Interest on your own. You can then discuss with the ET staff how you might assemble a team with other colleagues.  As a viable project needs a critical mass of supporters from your programme colleagues, a project team is required to submit a full proposal.

Who should be on my project team?

Your team should include at least: one module leader from your MRes/MSc programme, one other member of teaching staff, and an education administrator.  If your programme is small, you could join up with another one, or invite colleagues to join your teaching team. An ET Fellow will consult with you once you have submitted your Expression of Interest and can advise you on the critical mass required for your proposal.

Can programmes submit joint proposals?

Absolutely! Projects with potential to benefit multiple programmes (not necessarily in the same department or faculty) are encouraged. 

Are there particular types of project that will be prioritised? 

We will consider any project which will bring about sustainable change to the educational experience of MRes/MSc programme staff and students.

When are the application deadlines?

Applications may be made at any time and will be considered at the next available ET Board meeting (~6 meetings per year).

How will it work?

how will it work

Will I receive any direct funding for my project?

No. ET support is in the form of dedicated time from an ET fellow/the digital team/a content expert, who will work with you in developing or implementing your project.

What about digital support and content experts?

Where required, digital team time and/or content expert time can be requested in your proposal. Your ET proposal consultant will be able to advise on this. 

What is the duration of approved projects?

There are no prescribed time limits, which will be discussed when you consult with an ET fellow. The first phase of ET in the Faculty of Medicine lasts for 2 years, and so we envisage time scales from a few to ~18 months.  Your project should be sustainable after ET support ends. 

How long does it take to prepare an application?

This will vary, but we want the process to be easy and efficient. An ET fellow will contact you soon after receiving your Expression of Interest and arrange a consultation where this may be discussed.

How long will it take to hear the outcome of my bid?

Your peer-reviewed bid goes to the next ET Board, which meets 6 times a year. The Board will give you the outcome on the day after the Board meeting.

Why does my proposal need to be peer-reviewed?

Peer review is intended to enhance your application by tapping into the wealth of teaching experience that exists in the FoM and in the wider College community. In addition, new project avenues or collaborators may be identified.

Will my proposal be rejected if it gets a negative peer-review?

No. There will be an opportunity to revise your application.

If my bid is successful, what is the time commitment from my team?

This will vary from project to project. However, we expect successfully implemented projects to last more than one life cycle of your MRes/MSc programme. 

How will I be supported during the lifetime of the project?

Your project team will need to maintain the project, with input from an ET fellow and any resources allocated to the project. There will be a requirement for periodic reports to the ET Board, except for very short projects. 

I want to know more!

i want to know more

Who can I talk to about all of this?

Email EducationTransformation@Imperial.ac.uk and let us know how you want us to contact you.  

An ET Fellow will then get in touch.