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What 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.

Types of Sabbatical available

Individual sabbaticals

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


What is the application process?

Potential applicants for individual, joint or team sabbaticals are encouraged to contact TILT to discuss support available throughout the application process, including ‘critical friend’ support.

Stage One: Applicants submit an Expression of Interest.

This should include:

  • A broad outline of the proposed work (project focus) and key output(s), and their potential to enhance learning, teaching or assessment at NTU, in line with the strategic goals of NTU;
  • Name(s) and role(s) of colleague(s) involved, and an in-principle agreement for your application by line managers;
  • Scoping of proposed methods, approaches, and scholarship or research on which the project is based;
  • Outline of dissemination activities and potential impact of the work.

Stage Two: Applicants shortlisted at Stage One will be assigned a mentor from the TILT community, who will work with them to develop a full sabbatical proposal. Sabbatical proposals shortlisted for funding will take place in the academic year 2021/22.

To apply, please submit a TILT Sabbatical Expression of Interest, which will be available on the Sabbatical 2020/21 webpage once the scheme has opened.


Funding and Resources: How many Sabbaticals are available each year?

Two to three 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’.


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