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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.

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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 learning and teaching related 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 slti@solent.ac.uk to set up a meeting.

Please send submissions to slti@solent.ac.uk by Tuesday 17 September 2019, using the application form.

All seed fund holders are required to present their findings at SLTCC 2020, 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


Tuesday 17 September 2019

Application close
Please submit by 5pm

Tuesday 1 October 2019

Outcomes of bids made known and funds released

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Meet and greet
Successful applicants to meet each other and ask SLTI colleagues any outstanding questions

Tuesday 3 March 2020

Mid-year reporting meet-up
A time to report on project progress and support each other with personal experiences. Light lunch included.

Friday 19 June 2020 Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference
Project output
Monday 14 September 2020 Final project output uploaded on SEA
For example, a report, journal article, conference paper. We also strongly recommend submitting articles to a journal of choice (external or internal).

All seed fund holders are required to present their findings at SLTCC 2020 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.

FAQs

Is anyone available to advise me on completing my application?

Yes. A member of the SLTI team would be happy to give you advice on completing your application. Contact Christel Pontin at slti@solent.ac.uk in the first instance.

What can I spend the project funding on?

This funding should be used to further your project and help you with data collection and dissemination of ideas. In the past, people have used it for the following:

  • Vouchers for interview/focus group participants (Love2Shop). These must be purchased at the beginning of the project, or at least two weeks before you want to use them (minimum spend £100).
  • Payment for transcribers (Campus Jobs - they must be registered prior to starting the work/if you are using a company you must ensure they are either set up as a supplier so you can raise a purchase order (and they can send an invoice) or they can be paid with the procurement card held by the purchasing team. You must raise the purchase order before they start the work. Failure to do so may result in delays in them being paid. Contact the purchasing team for advice).
  • Conference attendance (to disseminate your research). This can include travel and accommodation, where applicable. The conference MUST run before 31 July 2020 and if it is likely to fall after this date, you must state this in section 12 to allow SLTI to budget accordingly.
  • SURIS research assistant. This scheme is run by R&I - contact them at research.innovation@solent.ac.uk for more information.
  • AL hire. ALs cannot be paid through VTS for work on research projects. An ATR will need to be raised and approved before the AL can start work on the project. Please contact your P&D business partner for advice. Failure to do so may result in long delays in paying the AL for the work. The appropriate rate of pay must be included in costings in your budget.

I've done previous research and want to develop it with seed funding. Is that ok?

Yes. Reference your pilot research in your application and show how you will expand on it.

Can I collaborate with others on my project?

Yes. We have had many collaborative projects in the past, both cross-departmental and not. We also encourage collaborating with students, if this is suitable for your project subject. If you want to collaborate with externals, they must commit to match funding conference-related costs. Please provide an email.

My project is specific to my subject area. Is that ok?

We support subject-specific projects that run but expect you to show a clear transferability between courses. This might be a principle used that could be used in another School. If you are unsure if your project meets this criteria, contact us at slti@solent.ac.uk to talk it through.

How many academic references should I include in my application?

It is advised that you show the panel where you research will contribute and add to the current literature. Therefore, the number of references will vary depending on the subject. If it is a new area there may not be a lot of literature. If it is a well-researched area, you will have to discern a sensible number of quality references in relation to the length of your proposal. You can include a reference list in section 6 of the application form.

Who is my management accountant?

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)
Professional Services David Walker (ext. 3293)

If you have any further questions, please email slti@solent.ac.uk


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 slti@solent.ac.uk 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  slti@solent.ac.uk
  • 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 slti@solent.ac.uk 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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