Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Principal's Teaching Award Scheme

The Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) provides funding to support learning and teaching enhancement through pedagogical innovation and research.

The PTAS is an annual scheme which aims to encourage and support activities that will make a significant contribution to the enhancement of learning and teaching at the University of Edinburgh, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The scheme aims to:

  • encourage colleagues to explore new practice and innovations in teaching and thereby enhance student learning
  • offer financial resources for staff to engage in inquiry into learning and teaching and share the results across subject areas and Schools
  • disseminate good and/or innovative practice across the University and more widely
  • promote and recognise excellence in teaching
  • raise the status of teaching in the University
  • enhance the quality of the student learning environment through discipline-based pedagogical inquiry and research capacity building

Who can apply

All University of Edinburgh staff with learning, teaching or student support roles are welcome to apply. You don't need any special expertise in educational projects and the IAD can provide advice and support on your bid. We particularly value bids that involve students in the collaborative team.

Levels of funding available

There are two levels of funding available.

  • Small Projects Grant Scheme – monies up to a maximum of £2500
  • Regular Grant Scheme – monies between £2500 and £18,000

Application deadlines

There are typically two application deadlines in each academic year, in late October and late March. Please see the PTAS webpages (link below) for more details

More information & how to apply

For more information, details on submission themes (if any), application deadlines, any special calls, and how to apply, go to the full PTAS webpages:

Principal's Teaching Award Scheme - full information