Funding opportunity for small projects

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The University is offering funding of up to £1000 for projects that involve meaningful collaboration between University of Edinburgh staff and students.

Financial support from the Student Partnership Agreement Funding Scheme is available for projects that enhance the student experience and where students and staff work in partnership throughout.  

The scheme particularly welcomes projects that focus on the priority themes from the Student Partnership Agreement each year, and the themes for 2023-24 are:  

  • Community, wellbeing and supporting transitions 
  • Transforming curriculum and engaging with learning and teaching 
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion 
Participants at the University’s Learning and Teaching Conference 2023, learning more about textiles made from plants – based on the work of the SPA funded Textiles Community Garden project. Photograph by Allan Bovill

Professor Catherine Bovill, Co-Director of the Institute for Academic Development is Convenor of the Student Partnership Agreement Panel. She said: “Every year I am impressed by the diversity of projects that people choose to submit for funding, and we are keen to fund as many exciting projects as we can.  

“In 2022-23 we funded projects that included for example: An SPSS Outreach network for Mature/Adult Returner Students; a project to understand the impact and effectiveness of the student support model in Informatics; a project to develop a community textiles garden. One of the projects from 2022-23 – the Institute for Molecular Plant Science’s Sports Day – has even been shortlisted for a National Student Engagement Prize.” 

The funding call for 2023-24 is now open and the deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 16 October.  

Find out more

Student Partnership Agreement 2023 on the Teaching Matters blog

Student Engagement Awards 2023 shortlist