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Enhancement Theme funding scheme

Funding Call

Do you have an idea of how existing data/evidence held within the institution could be used to improve the student experience?  If so, why not try applying for up £1,000 of Enhancement Theme funding to carry out some research or to develop a resource.

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

The criteria on which applications will be 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.

Application deadlines and procedure

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 14 October 2019

Applications will be considered by a review panel consisting of at least three members of the Enhancement Theme Steering Group (

Please complete the Enhancement Theme Application Form (Word, 28 KB) and submit this in MS Word format to Emails regarding the outcome of applications will be copied to the Head of School/Department/Unit and the budget holder.

Human Resources should be consulted for advice on appropriate hourly rates of pay (and holiday pay) for work to be carried out by students.

Conditions of funding

Funded initiatives should 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