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What Mini Sabbaticals are Available?

Here you can find information about TILT's Mini-Sabbatical Scheme including eligibility, upcoming applications rounds and what support will be available for potential applicants.

TILT is excited to announce the launch of its Mini Sabbatical Scheme for 2021/22. Applications considered in this academic year will take place in the 2022/23 academic year.

The TILT Mini-Sabbatical Scheme provides salary buy-out for up to six weeks for academic and professional service staff to allow dedicated time to pursue scholarship of learning and teaching (SoTL) projects which will impact positively on learning and teaching at NTU and / or across the sector. The scheme is competitive and TILT awards up to two Mini-Sabbaticals per year.

Proposals should include at least two specific SoTL outputs with demonstrable potential to enhance an aspect of learning, teaching or assessment at NTU and / or across the sector. We also ask all mini-sabbatical award holders to curate one TILTTalk based on their mini-sabbatical for the TILT website.

What Mini Sabbaticals are available?

There are three types of mini-sabbaticals available:

Individual sabbaticals

Colleagues can apply for salary buy-out for up to six weeks, to take place within the academic year 2021/22. Colleagues may use funding to pay for the involvement of one or more students.

Joint sabbaticals

Colleagues can apply for salary buy-out for up to six weeks shared between two colleagues, to take place within the academic year 2021/22. Colleagues may use funding to pay for the involvement of one or more students.

Tiger team sabbaticals

Inspired by NASA, ‘Tiger Team’ refers to a high-functioning team of three or more specialists who come together to complete a specific project. TILT tiger team mini-sabbaticals enable unique and innovative collaborations between academic and/or Professional Service staff.

What is the application process?

Visit the TILT SharePoint site to download the guidance and application form and to submit your application online.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2022.

What support is available?

This year we are pleased to offer Information and Application Support Workshops, open for all to attend, should you wish to learn more about the schemes and discuss potential project ideas with a member of the TILT team.

Drop-in sessions will take place via TILTOnline as follows:

1-2-1 sessions are available for colleagues who would like TILT to review one draft of their application. To arrange a time please contact TILT.

Eligibility to Apply

  • Academic and Professional Services staff are eligible to apply;
  • Applications must be supported by the relevant line manager(s);
  • Applicants (or lead applicants for tiger team applications) must have achieved or be demonstrably working towards Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy; and,
  • In line with NTU Sabbatical Leave policy, applicants (or lead applicants for tiger team applications) should have worked at NTU (including Confetti and Mansfield) for a minimum of three years.

HEA Fellowships

Engagement with the Sabbatical scheme and other TILT schemes, awards and activities can form part of a portfolio of evidence for HEA Fellowship submissions. More information about the support and workshops available to assist staff with your Fellowship application are available at NTU TILT Professional Recognition Scheme.

Still need help?

TILT Enquiries
+44(0)115 8482100