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Catalyst Call A: Funded projects

Through Catalyst Call A, HEFCE is supporting 67 projects from a broad range of higher education institutions and further education colleges across England. These projects have successfully bid for funding of up to £50,000 each to develop innovations in learning and teaching for either undergraduate or postgraduate taught provision.

The projects will develop and evaluate small-scale, experimental innovations on specific cohorts of learners. Projects will run for a period of 18 months.

 

Lead institution & contactProject titleCatalyst fundingProject value

Anglia Ruskin University

Contact: Sally Everett, email sally.everett@anglia.ac.uk

Delivering enhanced skills for postgraduate students through employer-informed team based learning

£37, 697

£77,811

Askham Bryan College

Contact: Deirdre Rooney, email deirdre.rooney@askham-bryan.ac.uk

Piloting a bespoke smartphone and tablet 'app' to uncover real time student perceptions of outstanding teaching and learning

£16,175

£32,350

Aston University

Contact: Sarah Hayes, email s.hayes@aston.ac.uk

Analytics plus: Enhancing retention and progression of undergraduate (UG) students through effective and co-ordinated advancement of institutional learning analytics

£50,000 £120,000 

Barnsley College

Contact: Lorraine Copley, email l.copley@barnsley.ac.uk

Recognising 'discovery learners': Making HE pedagogies responsive to equivalent qualifications

£50,000 £291,604

Bath Spa University

Contact: Rebecca Schaaf, email r.schaaf@bathspa.ac.uk

Creating shared personal learning environments: Promoting engagement and understanding through interaction and co-creation with mobile digital technology

£48,154 £130,028 

Bedford College

Contact: Susan Blackman, email sblackman@bedford.ac.uk

Identifying and using creative thinking strategies to improve success and learner satisfaction

£20,000 £99,268

Birkbeck College

Contact: Gretchen O'Neill, email g.oneill@bbk.ac.uk

Experimental investigation of interventions designed to increase student retention and performance

£49,326 £98,652 

Birmingham City University

Contact: Matt O'Leary, email matthew.o’leary@bcu.ac.uk

Improving learning and teaching through collaborative observation

£48,727 £97,493

Blackburn College

Contact: Peter Shukie, email peter.shukie@blackburn.ac.uk

Interactive essays

£26,286 £52,574

Bournemouth University

Contact: Sonal Minocha, email pvcglobal@bournemouth.ac.uk

Global talent: From education to employability

£50,000 £100,000

Bournemouth University

Contact: Sonal Minocha, email pvcglobal@bournemouth.ac.uk

Global talent: From employability to excellence

£50,000 £100,000

Brunel University London

Contact: Mariann Rand-Weaver, email Mariann.Rand-Weaver@brunel.ac.uk

Digital examinations

£50,000 £100,000

Buckinghamshire New University

Contacts: Richard Mather, email Richard.Mather@bucks.ac.uk Helena Chance, email Helena.Chance@bucks.ac.uk

Traversing digital-creative perspectives: Preparing design and technology students for interdisciplinary work

£39,000 £82,750

Burnley College

Contact: Peter Mounsey, email p.mounsey@burnley.ac.uk

Fostering a growth mindset culture in higher education

£41,000 £82,000 

Bury College

Contact: Tim Robson, email tim.robson@burycollege.ac.uk

Enhancing academic study skills

£49,990  £99,926

Canterbury Christ Church University

Contact: Rayya Ghul, email rayya.ghul@canterbury.ac.uk

Evaluating the 'traffic light tool': A potential high impact pedagogy

£49,942 £85,738

City College Plymouth

Contact: Fiona Horrell, email fhorrell@cityplym.ac.uk

HE STEM graduate talent programme

£30,883 £61,159

City of Sunderland College

Contact: Sally Dixon, email sally.dixon@sunderlandcollege.ac.uk

Breaking down barriers to learning: A cross-curricula action research project

£50,000 £100,000

Coventry University

Contact: Sylvester Arnab, email s.arnab@coventry.ac.uk

GameChangers

£33,294 £66,588

Goldsmiths' College

Contact: Matthew Yee-King, email m.yee-king@gold.ac.uk

CodeCircle: Browser-based creative coding leading to deeper learning and wider skills acquisition

£47,830 £95,660

Goldsmiths' College

Contact: Claire Maclean, email c.maclean@gold.ac.uk

Innovation in employability and enterprise

£40,000 £80,000

Harrow College

Contact: Lucy Atkinlosotu, email lakinlosotu@harrow.ac.uk

My Harrow College

£30,000 £60,000

Imperial College London

Contact: Edward Meinert, email e.meinert14@imperial.ac.uk

Data Science 3i: i.ntroducing and i.nspiring i.nnovation data science for healthcare

£50,000 £100,000 

Kingston University

Contact: Jane Lindsay, email J.F.Lindsay@sgul.kingston.ac.uk

Meeting employer demands for higher order thinking skills

£50,000
£215,000

Leeds Beckett University

Contact: Simon Thomson, email s.thomson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

PULSE: Personalised user learning & social environment

£29,080

£67,200

Liverpool Hope University

Contact: Penny Haughan, email haughap@hope.ac.uk

Institutional memory bank

£50,000 £100,000 

London South Bank University

Contact: Jennifer Hardi, email hardij@lsbu.ac.uk

A pilot study to assess the requirements and academic impact of introducing collaborative multi-disciplinary working within higher education

£50,000

£137,276

Loughborough University

Contact: Barbara Jaworski, email b.jaworski@lboro.ac.uk

Student learning through collaborative design and teaching of STEM foundation mathematics

£47,019

£129,923

Manchester Metropolitan University

Contact: Helen Laville, email h.laville@mmu.ac.uk

Targeted learning tracker app

£50,000  £100,000 

Middlesex University

Contact: Gareth Williams, email g.r.williams@mdx.ac.uk

Digital showscapes

£36,050 £72,100

Newcastle University

Contact: Matthew Forshaw, email matthew.forshaw@ncl.ac.uk

Improving student engagement and retention through 'human-in-the-loop' learning analytics

£48,824 £102,529

Newman University

Contact: John Peters, email j.peters@newman.ac.uk

Collaborative development of pedagogic interventions based on learning analytics

£47,075 £96,055

Royal College of Music

Contact: Jessica Jones, email jessica.jones@rcm.ac.uk

Introducing VLE-based blended learning into the teaching of solo instrumental and vocal performance at undergraduate level

£44,412 £88,940

Southampton Solent University

Contacts: Roger Emery, email roger.emery@solent.ac.uk Laraine D'Antin, email laraine.dantin@solent.ac.uk

Rich information set for educators (RISE)

£49,012

£98,024

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Contact: Liam McCarthy, email liam.mccarthy@stmarys.ac.uk

Collaborative reflection in practice: A cross-institutional project in sports coaching

£22,000 £44,000

Teesside University

Contact: Jonathan Eaton, email j.eaton@tees.ac.uk 

Enhancing employability outcomes through an immersive learning environment

£49,234

£131,053

University Campus Oldham

Establishment of a student-led academic success hub

£41,600 £91,600

University College London

Contact: Clive Lees Young, email c.p.l.young@ucl.ac.uk

UCL action for curriculum enhancement

£38,000 £76,000

University of Bedfordshire

Contact: Alexander Kofinas, email alexander.kofinas@beds.ac.uk

A gamification-informed approach to developing knowledge and professional practice

£32,000 £68,000

University of Bedfordshire

Contact: Mary Malcolm, email Mary.Malcolm@beds.ac.uk

Developing relational and management skills (PG)

£21,216 £73,360

University of Bolton

Contacts: Duncan Cross, email d.cross@bolton.ac.uk; Julie Prescott, email j.prescott@bolton.ac.uk

Student led technology enhanced learning and teaching

£33,050 £63,800

University of Cambridge

Contact: Rajesh Jena, email rjena@nhs.net

ZEIT-GEIST: an immersive simulator for teaching of radiation oncology

£42,294 £87,860

University of Cambridge

Contacts: Amy Ludlow; Ruth Armstrong; email justis@crim.cam.ac.uk

Pushing boundaries: Co-producing learning and measurement

This project has supported the development, delivery and evaluation of Learning Together

£25,000 £51,500

University of Central Lancashire

Contact: Joel Arber, email jmarber@uclan.ac.uk

Lancashire skills for graduates: A model for integrated learning

£50,000 £100,000

University of Derby

Contacts: Ruth Ayres, email r.ayres@derby.ac.uk; John Hill, email j.hill3@derby.ac.uk

Applying digital learning analytics to measure the impact of digital practice enhancements on student engagement and digital capabilities

£50,000 £100,000

University of Durham

Contact: Malcolm Murray, email malcolm.murray@durham.ac.uk

Gamifying the on-boarding of PGT students

£13,541 £47,446

University of Greenwich

Contact: Christine Couper, email C.J.Couper@gre.ac.uk

A structured conversation enabling and measuring responsive pedagogy

£82,200 

£38,700

University of Huddersfield

Contact: Philip Clegg, email p.j.clegg@hud.ac.uk

Enterprise placement year: A game changer!

£44,600 £89,200

University of Hull

Contact: Graham Scott, email g.scott@hull.ac.uk

Developing the use of learning analytics across the STEM disciplines to increase student engagement and improve student outcomes

£31,108

£62,812

University of Keele

Contact: Zoe Robinson, email z.p.robinson@keele.ac.uk

Unmaking single perspectives: A listening project

£50,000 £102,000

University of Keele

Contact: Ed de Quincey, email e.de.quincey@keele.ac.uk

Learner centred design for learning analytics

£49,988 £99,790

University of Lancaster

Contact: Sarah Kingston, email s.kingston@lancaster.ac.uk

Bridging connections: Improving the links between academic and work-related learning by criminology students

£49,921 £94,498

University of Leeds

Contact: Alisdair Smithies, email A.D.Smithies@leeds.ac.uk

myPAL@work: Learning analytics for reflective learning and professional development

£49,768

£111,541

University of Leeds

Contact: Raphael Jan Lyndon Hallett, email r.hallett@leeds.ac.uk

'Mending a broken bridge': Developing scholarly impact & civic engagement for PGT students

£29,988  £59,975 

University of Liverpool

Contact: Catrin Eames, email catrin.eames@liverpool.ac.uk

Postgraduate healthcare student mentoring by experts by experience

£49,801 £98,472

University of Nottingham

Contact: Cristina De Matteis, email cristina.dematteis@nottingham.ac.uk

Come on in to our research labs: Enhancing UG students’ experience of research

£27,108 £54,216

University of Plymouth

Contact: Harriet Dismore, email harriet.dismore@plymouth.ac.uk

Learning for the future: Developing an interdisciplinary learning framework between the arts and sciences

£50,000 £110,449

University of Sheffield

Contact: Brendan Stone, email b.stone@sheffield.ac.uk

Group interdisciplinary undergraduate research projects

£48,689

£99,268

University of Sheffield

Contacts: Bryony Olney, email b.olney@sheffield.ac.uk; Bobby Nisha, email b.nisha@sheffield.ac.uk

Developing design consultants of the future: Embedding augmented reality in learning & teaching

£50,000 £188,285 

University of Southampton

Contact: Carol Evans, email c.a.evans@soton.ac.uk

Supporting student agency and success in higher education and beyond through the development of assessment feedback skills (the ability to self-monitor and self-evaluate)

£50,000 £100,000

University of Suffolk

Contact: Christine Smith, email christine.smith@uos.ac.uk

placementPAL (peer assisted learning): A digital app to scaffold students' learning and knowledgeable action in work

£47,977 £131,496

University of Sunderland

Contact: Jessica Hardisty, email jessica.hardisty@sunderland.ac.uk

Inter-professional collaboration in design and delivery of undergraduate teaching and learning in the care of patients with mental ill health

£50,000 £104,000

University of Surrey

Contact: Esat Alpay, email e.alpay@surrey.ac.uk

Gamification in engineering education: From primary outreach to work transition

£50,000 £105,000

University of Surrey

Contact: Naomi Winstone, email n.winstone@surrey.ac.uk

Feedback footprints: Using learning analytics to support student engagement with, and learning from, feedback

£44,416 £123,055

University of Sussex

Contact: David Walker, email d.j.walker@sussex.ac.uk

ePortfolio analytics

£18,000 £60,000

University of the West of England

Contact: Laura Fogg-Rogers, email laura.foggrogers@uwe.ac.uk

Children as engineers

£49,955 £71,950 

University of Warwick

Contact: Georgia Kremmyda, email g.kremmyda@warwick.ac.uk

Developing a student-driven educational model between, beyond and across disciplines

£49,745 £99,490

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