Applying to the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme
To apply for the PTAS, you need to submit a written proposal. Deadlines, guidance and application form here.
Application deadlines for two calls in academic year 2018/2019 are 25 October 2018 and 21 March 2019. There are special calls for additional funding related to Lecture Recording, Employability, and Widening Participation.
Applications are submitted by midnight on these dates and are electronic only. Please note that late submissions will not be accepted and all submissions will require signatures (you would therefore be submitting pdf scanned copies, or use electronic signatures in your documentation). See below for 'how to submit'.
Detailed information on how to apply and details of how to submit your application are included in the regular and small grant guidance notes and proposal cover pages, available for download below.
Submission themes and special calls
As well as submissions within the general remit of PTAS, we would welcome the following themed submissions and have additional funding for special calls:
Special Call for Widening Participation (March 2019): Project submissions that relate to widening participation and, in particular, the University Widening Participation Strategy (2018) are strongly encouraged. Please mark your application ‘WIDENING PARTICIPATION’. Relevant topics might include, but are not limited to: providing support throughout degree progression; providing academic skills support at key transition points; inclusion, equality and diversity in the curriculum.
Special Call for Lecture Recording (March 2019): Project submissions that relate particularly to the work at University of Edinburgh using the Lecture Recording system are strongly encouraged. Please mark your application 'LECTURE RECORDING'. Relevant topics might include, but are not limited to: How students make use of recorded lectures; what is the impact on their learning, including academic skills, such as notetaking and discussion? What is the impact on teaching? Student satisfaction with lecture recording; recruitment of under-represented groups; supporting particular student groups.
In this round of funding, we are keen to encourage projects for which the grant monies would be used within the course of this financial year (1 August 2018-31 July 2019).
Special Call for Employability (March 2019): Project submissions that relate particularly to embedding student employability and graduate attributes within curricula are also strongly encouraged. Please mark your application 'EMPLOYABILITY'. Relevant topics might include, but are not limited to: helping students identify the graduate attributes they develop through their curricula and relating this to their employability; auditing and enhancing curricula in relation to employability and graduate attributes; assessment practices; exploring synergies with other agendas.
In this round of funding, we are keen to encourage employability-linked projects for which the grant monies would be used within the course of the next financial year (1 August 2019-31 July 2020) but will also consider funding smaller (£1500 or less) projects during this financial year (1 Aug 2018-31-July 2019).
Workshops for prospective applicants
We hold short workshops to help prospective applicants. The workshop provides advice both on how to bid to the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS), and also includes guidance on bidding for other kinds of funding for small education projects which focus on higher education.
Workshops for the current academic session 2018-2019 have already taken place. Dates for 2019-2020 academic session will be advertised in late summer 2019.
Guidance notes and application forms
Please note that all guidance notes and application forms have now been updated. Note special calls and themes for applications this year (information above).
Regular grant scheme (grants of over £1500 up to £15,000): guidance note on applying and the application proposal cover page:
Small projects grant scheme (grants up to £1500): guidance note on applying and the application proposal cover page:
How to submit your completed application
Format: You are required to submit one electronic PDF copy of your completed application.
Deadline time: The submission deadline is by midnight on the date of submission; late submissions will not be considered.
Application signatures: The submissions require signatures and all those required should be on the submitted application. Italicised fonts are not recognised as a signature for this purpose.
Who to submit to: The submissions should be made via email through this generic email address (IAD Learning and Teaching Support):
If you have any questions about PTAS, please contact Emily Salvesen in the first instance.
If you would like advice on preparing your application, please contact Daphne Loads: