The SPUR scheme offers twelves bursaries for NTU students to collaborate with staff on cutting-edge research projects. Furthermore, under SPUR-SoTL, two additional bursaries are available for research projects focused on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Proposals for SPUR projects to take place in 2021/22
TILT is excited to announce the launch of its SPUR Scheme for 2021/22. Applications considered in this academic year will take place in the summer of 2022.
A SPUR / SPUR-SoTL bursary is intended to contribute to students’ living costs during involvement in the project. The award covers up to 370 hours of student involvement.
Please stipulate in the proposal, a plan for how the funding will be used: for example, it may pay for one student for ten weeks FTE or two students for five weeks FTE.
The bursary is not intended to cover any research costs, including travel for research.
Payment of bursaries:
*Bursaries will be paid directly to participating students.
*Supervisors will receive guidance on student selection.
*Additional opportunities exist to mentor sixth-form students as short-term research assistants on SPUR projects.
What is the proposal process?
Visit the TILT SharePoint site to download the guidance and application form and to submit your application online.
The deadline for proposals is 5pm on Wednesday 26th January 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:
- Seedcorn Fund: 21st July 2021, 4-5pm
- Mini Sabbatical Scheme: 22nd July 2021, 11am-12pm
- Full Sabbatical: 22nd July 2021, 2-3pm
- SPUR: 23rd July 2021, 3-4pm
1-2-1 sessions are available for colleagues who would like TILT to review one draft of their proposal. 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);
- Lead supervisors should hold, or be demonstrably working towards, HEA Fellowship;
- Co-applications are welcome for projects that offer scope for multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary work or collaborative work within and beyond NTU;
- Previous holders of a SPUR award are welcome to apply with a new project.
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.