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HEFCE is funding and managing a programme of support, evaluation and dissemination activity for the 67 projects. The programme aims to support projects to:

  • maximise opportunities for networking, dissemination and take-up of practice and findings
  • share good practice, ideas, problems and solutions
  • identify less successful approaches and disseminating intended outcomes and learning from the process.

First innovation in learning and teaching workshop

The first project workshop on 4 April 2017 aimed to facilitate inter-project networking, provide thematic information session and advise on dissemination, sustainability and evaluation.


LSE Enterprises Ltd. has been appointed as our external evaluator to identify and share lessons learnt from and between the 67 funded projects. The external evaluation team will be led by Dr Claire Gordon and Dr Colleen McKenna.

The aims of the evaluation are to:

  • contribute to an enhanced understanding of current research in the area of innovation in learning and teaching
  • draw out learning, to inform government policy and institutional practice, about how well-managed innovation works, with a focus on the student perspective and the role of students in the innovation process
  • enhance understanding of how the process of innovation in a specific HE context might enable or inhibit wider take-up
  • support projects to effectively assess their impact
  • ensure learning from the projects is identified and shared for the benefit of the wider HE sector
  • inform HEFCE recommendations to Government on future learning and teaching policy, including the tools for supporting innovation.

Advisory group

The support programme benefits from advice and guidance for an advisory group, whose membership has been established to give a balance of skills, expertise and interest in learning and teaching across the HE sector.


Dr Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou, Assistant Dean and Associate Professor Institute for Education, Bath Spa University

Sarah Davies, Head of Higher Education and Student Experience, JISC

Dr Pauline Hanesworth, Academic Lead, Equality and Diversity/ TEF, Higher Education Academy

Sarah Hayes, UG project representative, Aston University

Ben Hunt, Students' Union President, King’s College London

Siân Prime, PG project representative, Goldsmith’s College

Dr Lesly Huxley, Director, Membership and Organisational Development, Leadership Foundation for Higher Education

Dr Arti Saraswat, Senior Policy Manager: Professional and Higher Education, Association of Colleges

Amanda Wilcox, Regional Consultant, HEFCE


Helen King, Senior Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE

Linda Allebon, Higher Education Policy Adviser, HEFCE

Page last updated 13 July 2017

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