Funding boost for student education research in the arts, humanities and cultures

APPLICATIONS ARE being sought for funding up to £500 to support ‘pilot’ projects in the development of pedagogic research and innovative student education activities.

It is hoped the Seedcorn Fund – provided by Pedagogic Research in the Arts (PRIA) – will help underpin future long-term research activity in the field of arts, humanities and cultures.

Funding is on only available for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (FAHC) at the University of Leeds.

PRIA is the FAHC project for supporting colleagues in educational research and teaching development at the

The fund will operate with three deadlines: January – for projects from March, March for projects starting from May, and September – for projects running from November.

The closing date for the first of these is Monday 22nd January. 

Dr Mel Prideaux, Deputy Pro-Dean Student Education, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, who leads on PRIA, says:

“We are excited to be able to offer this funding for pilots which we hope will help lay foundations for more long-term projects in pedagogical research and innovative student education activities across this field.

“It is open to anyone involved in student education activities at FAHC, including the Student Education Service and other professional services colleagues.

“Projects and activities involving partnership and, or impact across the faculty are strongly encouraged, as are those which involve collaborative work with students.”

Individuals can apply for up to £500 to be used for project support such as research assistance or professional development activities including attending and presenting at education conferences.

Successful applicants will be required to provide a short output for broader dissemination in the faculty.

All potential applicants are advised to speak to Dr Mel Prideaux at

Application guidelines

Applications must be no longer than one side of A4 and must answer the following questions:

  • What do you plan to do?
  • Why are you planning to do it? (What will be the benefits for you or for the Faculty?)
  • What is the expected timeline?
  • How will you share the outcomes of your activity?
  • Are you receiving any additional funding for this project?
  • Who in the Faculty have you discussed your project with? Do you intend to work with anyone else in the Faculty?
  • Will ethics approval be required for your project? (
  • What is your proposed budget (how will you spend the money)? (Please note this is not expected to include any buy out from teaching or contracted activity.)