With creative initiatives to bring together new and existing pockets of teaching excellence, the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence aims to support a pioneering, international community for research and debate.
Building on the success of Leeds’ current community of 21 National Teaching Fellows, it will also attract visiting fellows from across the world.
Distinctively, the Institute is offering time as well as funding to university staff to encourage excellent pedagogic research, through its new Teaching Enhancement Projects (TEPs).
Staff will be seconded from their current teaching roles, dedicating a day a week to the Institute, to develop their ideas and to carry out research in support of student education and pedagogical scholarship.
The TEPs will complement the Institute’s prestigious Excellence and Innovation Fellowship Scheme, which offers year-long secondments and one visiting fellowship.
A new round of fellowships will start in 2017/18.
I want to be sure that Leeds is able to contribute rigorous research evidence and thinking to help shape the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework
Professor Tom Ward, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, University of Leeds, said: “This is an exciting time for student education at Leeds. Since arriving here earlier this year, I have been delighted by the many innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and the Institute gives us a vehicle to bring this all together.
“Leeds has consistently led the way in student education and in particular in how to exploit the digital environment to further enhance the learning experience, especially among research-intensive universities. We have ambitious plans for the Institute, which include establishing the University as an international leader in pedagogic research and debate.
“As well as shaping teaching and learning policy here at Leeds, and more widely across the sector, one of the Institute’s main goals is to host the University’s first international student education conference, in 2018.
“At a practical level, too, I want to be sure that Leeds is able to contribute rigorous research evidence and thinking to help shape the development of the Teaching Excellence Framework. The Institute’s research will give rigour to our aspirations in relation to the TEF.”