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What Full Sabbaticals are available?

The Sabbatical scheme funds a continuous period of release from normal duties for staff to advance the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning leading to the development of individual members of staff, and to the production of outputs and outcomes that will positively impact on learning and teaching at NTU and across the sector.

Applications for Full Sabbaticals to take place in 2022/23

The Full Sabbatical Scheme is now open for 2021/22. Applications considered in this academic year will take place in the 2022/23 academic year.


What Full Sabbaticals are available?

There are three types of sabbaticals available:

Individual sabbaticals
Colleagues can apply for salary buy-out for up to six months FTE. 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 months shared between two colleagues. 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 sabbaticals enable unique and innovative collaborations between academic and/or Professional Service staff.

Two sabbaticals are available each academic year and are awarded on a competitive basis.

Sabbatical funding is equivalent to a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer salary for up to six months, and funding can be divided among colleagues as appropriate per the different types of sabbatical: individual, joint or ‘tiger team’.


What is the application process?

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

The TILT Sabbatical application is a two-stage process.

Stage One: Applicants submit an Expression of Interest by 5pm on Wednesday 15th December 2021.

This should include:

  • Project focus, mandate and expected impact referencing project outputs and outcomes;
  • Project management including a delivery timeline setting out main phases of work and associated key activities linked to individual team members responsible for delivery;
  • Plans for Monitoring and Evaluation, setting out how the impact of the project (outcomes) will be measured, recorded and reported.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their Expression of Interest and whether they have been taken forward to the full proposal early February 2022.

Stage Two: Applicants submit a full application by 5pm on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

This stage of application involves developing the initial Expression of Interest into a more detailed Sabbatical project proposal. An experienced mentor will be assigned to shortlisted candidates to guide and support them through-out stage two.

A Sabbatical Review Panel drawn from the NTU community will consider full proposals and shortlist candidates for an award, and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application in May 2022.

Sabbatical full proposals shortlisted for a funding award will take place in the academic year 2022/23.

What support is available?

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

Come along to our drop-in session to find out more about the scheme and discuss your project ideas: Friday 19th November , 1-2pm via TILTOnline.

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)115 848 2100