Institute for Academic Development
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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 2017/2018 are 26 October 2017 and 22 March 2018.  There is also a special call for additional funding related to Lecture Recording.

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'.  


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

Special Call for Lecture Recording (October 2017): 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.

 Special Call guidance - Lecture Recording (PDF)

In this round of funding, we are keen to encourage projects for which the grant monies would be used within the course of the current financial year.

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.

Please sign up for the workshops using the links below (EASE log-in required).

Practical Strategies for...writing bids for small educational projects including Principal Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) runs on the following dates:

06th Feb 2018 (14:00-16:00) Holyrood Campus, Central - book now

07th Feb 2018 (10:00-12:00) King's Buildings - book now

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). 

Budget guidance

Budget guidance (PDF)

Regular grant scheme (grants of over £1500 up to £15,000): guidance note on applying and the application proposal cover page:

PTAS regular grant scheme: application guidance note (PDF)

PTAS regular grant scheme: application proposal cover page (MS Word)

Small projects grant scheme (grants up to £1500): guidance note on applying and the application proposal cover page:

Small grant scheme: application guidance note (PDF)

Small grant scheme: application proposal cover page (MS Word)

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): 

Learning and teaching support

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If you have any questions about PTAS, please contact Emily Salvesen in the first instance.

Emily Salvesen

CPD Programme Manager

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If you would like advice on preparing your application, please contact Daphne Loads:

Dr Daphne Loads

Academic Developer

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