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What Mini-Sabbaticals are Available (2020/21)?

Here you can find information about TILT's Mini-Sabbatical Scheme including submission dates for 2020/21, drop-in sessions for applicants and guidance and application form.

TILT is excited to announce the launch of a brand-new funding scheme!

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.

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.

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.

What is the application process?

To apply, please download the Mini Sabbatical Guidance and Application Form which contains the information you need to prepare and submit your application.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 14th June 2021.

A Mini-Sabbatical Review Panel drawn from the NTU community will consider all applications.

Mini Sabbaticals selected for funding will take place in the academic year 2021/22 (available from 1st August 2021).

What support is available?

We are delighted to offer two drop-in sessions for potential applicants via TILTOnline to discuss the application process including assessment criteria and panel process.

Please click on the following links to join:

This year, 1-2-1 sessions are also available for colleagues who are interested in discussing their application with a member of the TILT team. To arrange a drop-in, please contact TILT.

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