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Led by Professor Tansy Jessop, research-informed teaching (RIT) opens the door to the world of research for our learners. It involves:

  • Learning and teaching activities that are fully informed by pedagogic research
  • A curriculum with embedded research experiences for learners
  • Teachers incorporating their research into their teaching.


SLTI seed funding

Creating a culture of evidence-led practice with seed funding for learning and teaching research at Solent University.

Internal staff involved in learning and teaching across the University are invited to submit funding proposals for research and development projects.

The themes for seed projects are:

  • Assessment and feedback
  • Student engagement
  • Teaching for diversity
  • Technology-enhanced learning
  • Research-informed teaching
  • Creative pedagogies
  • Curriculum

Funding for each internal learning and teaching project will be awarded up to £2,500. Please feel free to arrange a conversation about your project idea with SLTI colleagues – contact us at to set up a meeting.

Please send submissions to by Monday 17 September 2018, using the application form.

All seed fund holders are required to present their findings at SLTCC 2019, and will be encouraged to publish, disseminate or exhibit their outputs externally, as well as internally through Dialogue journal.

Please note: all applications must be accompanied by an approved ethics release checklist (ERC). If your ethics application needs to be submitted to the panel, approval may take up to two weeks – please factor this time into your submission, as seed funding applications cannot be accepted without an approved ERC. The ERC route for your research will depend on your subject and project design.

View ethics help on the portal 

Key dates

Monday 17 September 2018

Submission deadline

Wednesday 3 October 2018

Outcomes of bids made known

Monday 4 March 2019

Mid-year reporting

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Project end – submit final output to Dialogue journal

September 2019 Dialogue journal submission

Seed funding 2019/20

The seed funding calendar is going to be revamped for 2019/20 to allow colleagues to start projects from the September and run them over the whole academic year. Funding will be allocated the February prior to the project start date, and funds released from August 2019.

You will also have the opportunity to submit your findings to Solent’s learning and teaching journal, Dialogue, or publish in a peer-reviewed higher education journal. 

Wednesday 30 January 2019 Application deadline
Wednesday 20 February 2019 Decision panel
Monday 25 February 2019 Outcomes of bids made known
 September 2019 Project starts
Friday 19 June 2020 Solent Learning and Teaching Conference 2020 – project output
 September 2020 Submit findings to Dialogue journal


How do I spend my project money?

Please contact the relevant management accountant for spending approval.

SADF Darren Green ext. 3386
SBLC Val Scott ext. 3830
SMAT Darren Green ext. 3386
SSHSS Val Scott ext. 3830
WSMSE Liz Firth  ext. 6084

If you are requiring a research assistant or transcriber, please either advertise for the role through Campus Jobs or use the SAL08 casual worker form.

N.B. If you are planning on employing someone in either of these roles on more than three occasions then you must proceed through Campus Jobs. 

Can I do a project with someone outside my school or department?

Yes, we welcome collaborative projects.

Can I apply for seed funding multiple times?

Yes, you are welcome to apply for funding for different projects year-on-year. Applications are reviewed anonymously by the panel.

British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) 2019

BCUR is a national conference that promotes undergraduate research. It meets annually in a different British university, and undergraduates of all levels are invited to submit papers, posters, workshops and performances. This might be a research project, group work or your final dissertation. Don’t worry if you haven’t written it yet, you can apply now with an abstract explaining what you will do.

250 word abstract deadline - Thursday 20 December 2018

Those who graduated in 2018 can also apply, so spread the word.

Why apply?

  1. Why wouldn't you?
  2. It's a brilliant two days of seeing other students from all over the country presenting that one thing that inspires them and encourages them to research.
  3. It looks great on your CV.
  4. You can represent Solent and network with other students and academics.

How can I apply?

There are two steps to applying for BCUR:

1. Complete the official BCUR application formMake sure you copy and paste your abstract into a Word document and save it.

You will need to:

  • Complete your personal details
  • Write an abstract to outline your research (250 words max). Help can be found at the bottom of this section, or email and one of the team will give you a hand.

2. Complete the Solent application form. This will mean we know how many people have applied so that we can support you, academically and financially.

When and where is it?

This year, BCUR takes place 15-16 April 2019 at the University of South Wales.

Do I have to pay for it?

Here's the good part. You will not have to spend a penny for the conference, travel or accommodation. Solent will cover your costs, and breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included.

Where can I get more information?

  • Email
  • Phone Christel Pontin on 023 8201 6986
  • Speak to your lecturers about writing your abstracts and choosing the presentation format. They might even want to come to support you.
  • Visit the BCUR website.
  • You can see what last year's presenters thought of it on our blog

Happy abstract writing!

Writing an abstract

Your abstract should be a short summary of your research that enables the reviewers to quickly understand the purpose and content of your research.

 Try to answer these three questions when writing your abstract:

  • WHAT is your research about? Make this short, interesting and punchy
  • WHY does your research need to happen? Give an overview of what is currently unknown, provide a context for the study, and include aims or goals if appropriate
  • HOW have you conducted your research? Detail your research methods.

Finally, don’t forget to detail your findings and main discussion points!

Top tips

  • Don't exceed the word limit
  • Always use formal language
  • Avoid graphs and figures where possible
  • Don't use acronyms.

Dialogue – the Solent University learning and teaching journal

Solent’s creative, evidence-led and inspiring journal welcomes submissions for research articles, case studies, book reviews and opinion pieces to the editorial board, on any subject related to aspects of learning and teaching.

Please send submissions to with ‘Dialogue journal submission’ as the subject. External applications are welcome.

More information is available about author guidelines and submissions types; please feel free to contact the editors for advice before submission.

Author guidelines

Editorial board

Key dates

Tuesday 18 December 2018  Submission deadline
Tuesday 22 January 2019 Return of comments and notice of acceptance, after peer review
Wednesday 13 February 2019  Final submission deadline


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