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Catalyst Call A: Funded projects

Through Catalyst Call A, HEFCE is supporting 67 projects from a broad range of higher education institutions and further education colleges across England. These projects have successfully bid for funding of up to £50,000 each to develop innovations in learning and teaching for either undergraduate or postgraduate taught provision.

The projects will develop and evaluate small-scale, experimental innovations on specific cohorts of learners. Projects will run for a period of 18 months. 

Lead institution Project title

Anglia Ruskin University

Delivering enhanced skills for postgraduate students through employer-informed team based learning

Askham Bryan College

Piloting a bespoke smartphone/tablet 'app' to uncover real time student perceptions of outstanding teaching and learning

Aston University

Analytics plus: Enhancing retention and progression of undergraduate students through effective and co-ordinated advancement of institutional learning analytics

Barnsley College

Recognising 'discovery learners': Making HE pedagogies responsive to equivalent qualifications

Bath Spa University

Creating shared personal learning environments: Promoting engagement and understanding through interaction and co-creation with mobile digital technology

Bedford College

Identifying and using creative thinking strategies to improve success and learner satisfaction

Birkbeck College

Experimental investigation of interventions designed to increase student retention and performance

Birmingham City University

Improving learning and teaching through collaborative observation

Blackburn College

Interactive essays

Bournemouth University

Global talent: From education to employability

Bournemouth University

Global talent: From employability to excellence

Brunel University London

Digital examinations

Buckinghamshire New University

Traversing digital-creative perspectives: Preparing design and technology students for interdisciplinary work

Burnley College

Fostering a growth mindset culture in higher education

Bury College

Enhancing academic study skills

Canterbury Christ Church University

Evaluating the 'traffic light tool': A potential high impact pedagogy

City College Plymouth

HE STEM graduate talent programme

City of Sunderland College

Breaking down barriers to learning: A cross-curricula action research project

Coventry University

GameChangers

Goldsmiths' College

CodeCircle: Browser-based creative coding leading to deeper learning and wider skills acquisition

Goldsmiths' College

Innovation in employability and enterprise

Harrow College

My Harrow College

Imperial College London

Data Science 3i: i.ntroducing and i.nspiring i.nnovation data science for healthcare

Kingston University

Meeting employer demands for higher order thinking skills

Leeds Beckett University

PULSE: Personalised user learning & social environment

Liverpool Hope University

Institutional memory bank

London South Bank University

A pilot study to assess the requirements and academic impact of introducing collaborative multi-disciplinary working within higher education

Loughborough University

Student learning through collaborative design and teaching of STEM foundation mathematics

Manchester Metropolitan University

Targeted learning tracker app

Middlesex University

Digital showscapes

Newcastle University

Improving student engagement and retention through “human-in-the-loop” learning analytics

Newman University

Collaborative development of pedagogic interventions based on learning analytics

Royal College of Music

Introducing VLE-based blended learning into the teaching of solo instrumental and vocal performance at undergraduate level

Southampton Solent University

Rich information set for educators (RISE)

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Collaborative reflection in practice: A cross-institutional project in sports coaching

Teesside University

Enhancing employability outcomes through an immersive learning environment

University of Bolton

Student led technology enhanced learning and teaching

University of Huddersfield

Enterprise placement year: A game changer!

University of Hull

Developing the use of learning analytics across the STEM disciplines to increase student engagement and improve student outcomes.

University of Lancaster

Bridging connections: Improving the links between academic and work-related learning by criminology students

University of Leeds

myPAL@work: Learning analytics for reflective learning and professional development

University of Leeds

'Mending a broken bridge': Developing scholarly impact & civic engagement for PGT students

University of Liverpool

Postgraduate healthcare student mentoring by experts by experience

University of Nottingham

Come on in to our research labs: Enhancing UG students’ experience of research

University of Sheffield

Group interdisciplinary undergraduate research projects

University of Sheffield

Developing design consultants of the future: Embedding augmented reality in learning & teaching

University of Surrey

Gamification in engineering education: From primary outreach to work transition

University of Surrey

Feedback footprints: Using learning analytics to support student engagement with, and learning from, feedback

University Campus Oldham

Establishment of a student-led academic success hub

University College London

UCL action for curriculum enhancement

University of Bedfordshire

A gamification-informed approach to developing knowledge and professional practice

University of Bedfordshire

Developing relational and management skills (PG)

University of Cambridge

ZEIT-GEIST: an immersive simulator for teaching of radiation oncology

University of Cambridge

Pushing boundaries: Co-producing learning and measurement

University of Central Lancashire

Lancashire skills for graduates: A model for integrated learning

University of Derby

Applying digital learning analytics to measure the impact of digital practice enhancements on student engagement and digital capabilities

University of Durham

Gamifying the on-boarding of PGT students

University of Greenwich

A structured conversation enabling and measuring responsive pedagogy

University of Keele

Unmaking single perspectives: A listening project

University of Keele

Learner centred design for learning analytics

University of Plymouth

Learning for the future: Developing an interdisciplinary learning framework between the arts and sciences

University of Southampton

Supporting student agency and success in higher education and beyond through the development of assessment feedback skills (the ability to self-monitor and self-evaluate)

University of Suffolk

placementPAL (peer assisted learning): A digital app to scaffold students' learning and knowledgeable action in work

University of Sunderland

Inter-professional collaboration in design and delivery of undergraduate teaching and learning in the care of patients with mental ill health

University of Sussex

ePortfolio analytics

University of the West of England

Children as engineers

University of Warwick

Developing a student-driven educational model between, beyond and across disciplines

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