NEW flexible LITE fellowship announced

A NEW teaching fellowship that brings together two previous secondments into one flexible offer of both funding and time has been designed by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE).

The LITE Fellowship is a merger of the former year-long Excellence and Innovation Fellowship and the shorter Teaching Enhancement Project into a secondment model designed for a broader appeal.

Previously four 1.0fte Fellows and 10 0.2fte project leaders have been funded.

In this new scheme secondments up to the equivalent of 6.0 fte will be funded: the equivalent level of 20-80% of one year of current salary.

The Fellowship, however, may be spread over one to three years and can be shared between several colleagues.

Funding may be taken as secondment from current duties or a portion can be used to buy in, for example, a research assistant.

Professor Tina Overton, LITE Director, said:

“The LITE Fellowship continues to focus on setting an aspirational standard of teaching excellence and pedagogic scholarship across the University but we have now also widened the pool of colleagues able to apply.

“We’ve combined the two programmes and relaunched as flexible LITE Fellowships, enabling colleagues to be seconded 0.2 to 0.8 fte and to spread their secondment over more than one year

“This will also allow us to better embed impact evaluation into the project design in order to demonstrate value for money.”

LITE is inviting applications for Fellowships to join in 2019/20 academic year.

Both academic and professional staff are invited to apply but applicants must be employed in a substantive role at the university during the period of the Fellowship.

The Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE) embodies the University’s commitment to excellence and innovation in education through its investment in a community of Fellows, giving colleagues the opportunity to develop and implement projects and establish a culture of high-quality teaching innovation, scholarship and leadership.

Successful candidates will be expected to carry out a project based on innovative teaching, scholarship or pedagogy in alignment with the University’s strategy for education and LITE’s research themes, priorities and objectives.

And as well as fulfilling a research and innovation project, will be expected to contribute to LITE’s scholarly community, contribute content towards the digital and external-facing profiles and act as an ambassador at internal and external events.

Fellows will evaluate and disseminate their project outputs internally and externally to develop the practice, pedagogy and reputation of student education at the University.

Shared office space in 18 Beech Grove Terrace will be available, with appropriate equipment and meeting space, and an allocation of up to £8k will be available to support projects.

Click this link for more information and to apply for this role online. Applications should be submitted by 23.59, UK time, on Friday 31st May, 2019.

To discuss the post or for any queries please contact Professor Tina Overton, Director at LITE on Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4520, or at