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Enhancement Theme funding scheme

Funding Call

In semester-1 2019-2020 a funding call was launched seeking projects which considered how existing data/evidence held within the institution could be used to improve the student experience?  Up to £1,000 of Enhancement Theme funding was available per project to enable research to be carried out or a resource developed.

Applications from students (Undergraduate and Postgraduate) and staff (Units and Schools) were welcome.

The criteria on which applications were judged are as follows;

  • Initiatives should use existing data/evidence held within the institution rather than creating new data/evidence.
  • Initiatives should ideally be student-led or have significant student input.
  • Initiatives should make an identifiable difference to students and their learning and teaching experience.
  • Initiatives should have the potential for wide institutional impact.  It is accepted that applications may have a focussed remit for the purposes of this funding call, but initiatives whereby the outcomes can be extended to the wider institution will be viewed favourably.
  • Initiatives should have sustainable outcomes.

Funded projects

The following projects were funded;

  1. Speaking up about the past: student anxiety and assessed presentations in the School of History.  Majied Robinson, School of History.
  2. How do you view? Building profiles of students’ use of lecture capture and study habits through viewing data and student responses.  Stuart Murray, Anita Laidlaw and Nathan Titterton, School of Medicine.

Conditions of funding

Funded projects will be completed by the 30th March 2020 to allow reporting of outcomes to the QAA.

The purchase of equipment will not normally be funded, and funds are not available to support individuals in their own research/study. Initiatives will not be funded more than once.

Successful recipients will be required to submit a brief report on what they have achieved once the initiative has been completed. Please complete the Enhancement Theme End report (Word, 19 KB). Reports may be submitted to the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Scotland as part of the institutions Enghancement Theme Activities.

Funded recipients will be required to produce a media element (e.g. podcast, video or poster) and may be asked to present at a local Enhancement Theme event. 

Funded applications and end of initiative reports will be posted on the University of St Andrews Enhancement Themes web pages (

Informal enquiries about the funding call can be made by emailing


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Related links

Enhancement Theme Application form (Word, 27 KB)

Enhancement Theme End report (Word, 19 KB)

Institutional Lead

Dr Gerald Prescott 
Senior Lecturer (Education-focussed)
+44(0)1334 463562