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Nine universities awarded grants from Advance HE’s Collaborative Development Fund 2023-24

18 Jan 2024 | Advance HE Sharing learning, developing new approaches and deepening understanding of the challenges in higher education through our grant funded collaborative projects.

Nine Advance HE member institutions in the UK are to share funding totaling almost £100,000 to find new solutions to current challenges in higher education. 

The Collaborative Development Fund is a yearly funding scheme offering Advance HE members grants to carry out project work on important sector challenges and concerns. In the 2023-24 academic year it has awarded grants of up to £10,000 to nine universities across four themes. 

Collaborative Development Fund 2023-24 themes  

Generative AI: Beyond assessment  

Staffordshire University and the University of Aberdeen successfully bid to explore Generative AI in research practice and examine Generative AI attitudes among HE stakeholders. 

Fit for the Future: adapting practice for the new paradigms of higher education  

Northumbria University, Edinburgh Napier University and The University of Manchester are awarded funding for three separate projects to look at the role of industry placement, understand student perspectives and 'becoming' and enhance student employability through pedagogic consultancy, respectively. 

Creating a culture of strategic EDI change  

Leeds Trinity University/Go Higher West Yorkshire and the University of London are to address how to build culturally competent access and outreach activity with minorities and how to design higher education for worldwide inclusive cultures. 

Growing the HE workforces of the future  

The University of Manchester and the University of Cambridge are awarded the maximum funding amount of £10,000 each for projects that seek to create accessible Design Thinking tools to support education leadership capabilities and Educational Development Communities of Practice. 

Congratulations to all the successful applicants of the Collaborative Development Fund 2023-24. The number and quality of the applications from right across our membership was extremely high this year, and the judging panels remarked on how difficult it was to score and make the awards.

“The challenges being faced today call for sector-wide thinking so the funding awarded by Advance HE helps our members to find and amplify new solutions and benefit from the shared learning of what works.

“We look forward to look forward to disseminating the progress and outputs from all of these important projects.”

Nick Skeet, Director of Membership at Advance HE

Find out more about past CDF projects and register your interest to receive updates here. If you want to find out about other membership benefits, visit the membership page


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