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Funding and Awards


UWS Academy supports participation in a variety of awards and funding opportunities.  Requests to take part in these opportunities will be announced via this website, the UWS ebulletin or on our Twitter feed - @UWSAcademy.

Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund

The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund (LTEF) offers funding for evidence-based projects designed to support learning and teaching across the university.

In 2019/20 there are five projects taking place:

  • Teaching Immunology as a foreign language – Dr Fiona Menzies, HLS
  • Improving students’ understanding and use of assessment feedback – Dr Joanne Lusher, HLS
  • JUST ASK – Frances McCormick, CEPS
  • Bringing learning to life via a digital case study – web-based and digital technology enhancement of a teaching case based on the Oak Tree Inn, Loch Lomond – Ron Livingstone, BCI
  • Academic and social integration of direct entry students from HE [sic] colleges into courses at UWS – Dr Richard Jefferies, BCI

These projects are due to be completed by June 2020.

Last year, five projects were supported by the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Fund:

  • Developing a digital tool to enhance student employability skills – Dr Graham Scott, MCS
  • The Workplace as a Learning Space: 23 Things for Managing your Work/Study/Life Balance – Fiona Kennedy, CEPS
  • A cross-year conference event incorporating peer assessment to engage students with their degree programme and future career trajectories – Prof Kath Sloman and Dr Mhairi Alexander, HLS
  • Student engagement with Moodle: Can a better understanding of student interactions with technology improve the user experience for students? – Linda Crearie, CEPS
  • Academic and social integration of direct entry students from HE colleges into courses at UWS – Dr Richard Jeffries and Prof Monika Foster, Business and Enterprise   


Some of the successful LTEF participants in 2018/19 explain what they achieved through their projects:   

"My LTEF funded project has created an app which is designed to support Graduate Apprentices to develop workload planning and time management skills pre-induction. It takes the apprentices through 10 steps from thinking about the competing tasks they have to undertake on a daily basis through to accessing MyDay to start scheduling their timetable. The app incorporates video, resources, activities and signposting to UWS Careers & Skills."

Fiona Kennedy, Graduate Apprenticeships Manager in Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences


Two screenshots from the app developed through the LTEF project undertaken by Fiona Kennedy of CEPS.


“We organised a cross-year conference event for the UWS B.Sc. Applied Bioscience and Zoology degree cohort where final year students presented their independent research projects to students from 1st, 2nd and 3rd year of the same degree programme. The event provided an authentic assessment environment reflecting a scientific conference for 4th year students, while supporting students in lower years to transition between years. Industry representatives were invited to showcase potential opportunities for students to help provide awareness in students of their future trajectories, both in terms of potential career pathways as well as upcoming assessments within their degree programme.”

Professor Kath Sloman and Dr Mhairi Alexander, School of Health and Life Sciences


Please contact if you would like to discuss LTEF.



Enhancement Theme Institutional funding

Enhancement Theme Institutional funding covers bids for three different projects to support the latest QAA Scotland Enhancement Theme, Evidence For Enhancement: Improving the Student Experience.  The projects are:

  • Using mid-module evaluations (MCS) - led by Ian Gillan, creative and academic development consultant
  • Student representation structures at UWS (SAUWS) - led by Sabina Lawrie, student rep co-ordinator
  • How technology might democratise quality enhancement (CEPS) - led by Linda Crearie, lecturer

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)

photo of the three NTF nominees- 2020

Starting from the left: Trent Kim (Lecturer in BCI), Maria Sapouna (Senior Lecturer in ESS) and Xin Guo (Senior Lecturer in ESS)

Advance HE's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education. Following a call for expressions of interest in late 2019, UWS has selected three nominees in 2020 for this UK-wide award: 

  • Dr Xin Guo, Senior Lecturer in Business and Creative Industries
  • Trent Kim, Lecturer in Business and Creative Industries
  • Dr Maria Sapouna, Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Sciences

The nominees will submit their final applications to Advance HE in the spring. Congratulations and good luck to our nominees.

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on learning and teaching. In 2020, the UWS CATE nominee is a team led by Prof Debbie Tolson at The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice


Last updated: 26/04/2019