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NEW LITE Fellowships and Catalyst Fund projects announced


SIX FELLOWS and five projects plus nine new Student Education Catalyst projects from across the University of Leeds have been selected for the latest round of funding by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE).

The flexible Fellowships - which range from between one year to three years in duration - are both single and jointly staffed with staggered start dates starting from January through to a September start.

And the Student Education Catalyst projects, which includes a student-led project, will also start next year.

All the projects selected make up the latest of a diverse range of research designed to improve student education at the University.

Professor Tina Overton, director at LITE, said:

"We are delighted and excited in equal measure to welcome new colleagues - both Fellows and Catalyst Fund holders - to our LITE community, with an exciting breadth of diverse projects.

We hope all the project leads will help set an aspirational standard of educational improvement that will develop teaching practice and scholarship across the University of Leeds.

“I now look forward to working with our new colleagues to ensure that their projects fully contribute to the University's strong and growing reputation for student education.”

Here are the Fellows and projects listed below:

Enhancements of the pedagogic practice through the engagement of postgraduate research students in teaching Chiara La Sala
Belonging and engaging for successful transition to higher education Alison Voice
Transitions through university: Exploring expectations and motivations of undergraduate students Suzanne Young
Embedding civic partnership and employability in a language curriculum enhancing employability provision and the impact on the community Ruba Khamam
Academic integrity strategies: positive, preventative, protective and punitive Caroline Campbell
Lorna Waddington

Please see below for a list of the new LITE Student Education Catalyst Fund projects:

Third Sector curricular and co-curricular connections  


Jen Dyer, Alice Owen and Tessa Grant




Serious Games Academy


Hayley Whitefoot
Accelerating Leeds Students Consulting Skills


Estela Jankauskaite, Arkadiusz Zadka, Shivendra Pratap Singh & Joanne Dickinson, (student- led)
Games as an educational tool in Social Science


Asa Roast
Investigating the pedagogical needs of professional students


Sarah Underwood
Listening Rooms


Stacey Mottershaw
Sustainable and inclusive fieldwork provision


Julie Peacock
Student perceptions of teaching and learning within undergraduate education programmes’


Laura Grassick, Lucy Taylor, Katie Gathercole, Indira Banner
Understanding challenges of ‘Internationalisation at home’ efforts


Maria Hussain


As part of their role, Fellows will contribute fully to the Institute’s scholarly community and act as ambassadors at internal and external events.

They will disseminate their project findings internally and externally to develop the practice, pedagogy and reputation of student education at Leeds.

Their projects will enable them to further develop leadership roles in student education in their school, unit or service.

The LITE Student Education Catalyst Fund supports staff and student innovation in education across the University of Leeds and is overseen by the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE).

Both staff and students can apply for the fund, which provides a small project grant of £1,000 to help boost student education at Leeds.

Grants can be spent on travel, research assistant time, or catering, for example.

Project outputs will be evaluated and disseminated internally and externally by grant holders to develop the practice, pedagogy and reputation of student education at the University.

The Institute provides funding, time and support for current and future student education leaders to develop their profile at the University and to carry out research and innovation projects with internal and external impact.