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Funding Available

The UK Centre for Materials Education is announcing two funding schemes to support the development and implementation of innovative approaches to materials education.

Teaching Development Projects

This scheme is aimed at lecturers who wish to explore a truly innovative approach to materials education, to perhaps re-develop a module or produce new learning resources, and to evaluate the new approach through trial. These projects are required to produce transferable outputs that are relevant to the wider community.

Five grants of up to £5000 are available for projects to begin after March 2004.

Implementation Projects

This new scheme is aimed at lecturers who have discovered an innovative teaching approach that has been effective elsewhere and would simply like to try it for themselves. The funding is intended to enable you to buy in support to ease your existing workload, thereby freeing up time to prepare for and make the changes in the way you teach. Grants may also be used to meet the cost of preparing new teaching resources. UKCME will provide you with a pack of information relevant to the chosen approach and will team you up with a 'mentor' - a materials lecturer who has already adopted a similar approach and can give practical advice and guidance.

In contrast with the larger teaching development projects the only outputs required here are a brief report on your experience and the impact on student learning.

Ten grants of up to £1000 are available for projects to begin after March 2004.

Further Information

The schemes are open to anyone involved in sub-degree, undergraduate or postgraduate teaching of materials science and closely related disciplines.

The closing date for proposals is January 30 2004 and the funding will be available from April 01 2004.

More information on both schemes and the type of projects we have funded in the past can be found at


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