Global practice sharing and learning is a cornerstone of the support that Advance HE provides for member institutions. Through funding small case studies, our Global Impact Grants are an opportunity for Advance HE members to share success stories about higher education projects that have had a demonstrable impact on their staff or students.
Grants of up to £1,000 will be awarded to 15 successful applicants from Advance HE international member institutions to provide short case studies of recent practice (750-1000 words) that align to one of three themes (innovations in teaching and learning, building inclusion and belonging, and engaging distributed leadership).
The case studies will be published and shared on the Advance HE website, and available to members as examples of international best practices.
All staff from Advance HE international member institutions (member institutions based outside the UK) can apply for this grant. The grant is open to academic, research, professional services and managerial staff who would like to share learning from a project they have successfully implemented.
Grants should be applied for on the basis of completed work showing demonstrable impact on staff or students.
The key themes for 2022-23 applications are:
Innovations in teaching and learning
Initiatives or projects that share innovative and forward-looking approaches to teaching and supporting learning such as, student engagement, employability, assessment, student retention, technology-enhanced learning, or engaging with the Professional Standards Framework and staff development.
Building inclusion and belonging
Initiatives or projects that share impactful and engaging examples of building inclusion and equality on campus such as student or staff training initiatives, gender/race or other equality projects, strategic data collection and analysis, innovative policy development, or projects to embed/support engagement with the Athena Swan Charter.
Engaging distributed leadership
Initiatives or projects that share how leadership is used to make a difference in higher education such as, student leadership projects, research leadership, leading change or culture programmes, diversifying leadership, staff leadership development, or projects that embed and amplify use of the Aurora or She Leads programmes.
Application and Selection Process
To apply, applicants must provide a brief abstract (max 250 words) of the case study they intend to write, which describes:
- What theme the submission relates to and why they wish to share it.
- What initiative or project was conducted and when.
- Why the specific approach was taken.
- What impact the work had on students and/or staff. This can be quantitative impact (e.g. a 20% improvement in student retention; a 15% increase in applicants from underrepresented groups) or qualitative (e.g. provision of sample comments from the target group).
Applications must be submitted by 14 April 2023 (23:59 BST)
Applications will be evaluated on the following basis:
- The case study has a demonstrable impact on staff or students
- The case study shares approaches relevant to its target audience that would be of interest to the global higher education community
- The case study is relevant to one of the chosen themes.
To support the intended purpose of this grant, applicants from different international contexts are encouraged to apply. Advance HE will be awarding 15 grants, with the following additional criteria:
- A maximum of 2 grants per institution will be awarded.
- A maximum of 8 grants will be awarded to institutions in a single country.
Successful applicants will be notified in early May 2023.
Successful applicants will be expected to write a case study of 750-1000 words providing details of the initiative or project conducted and its impact. The deadline for submission of case studies for successful applicants is 31 May 2023.
Applicants are also required to provide institutional financial details to allow the grant to be paid, and an invoice upon request.
Applications for this grant must be submitted via an online form below.
When you click on the link, you will need to register for the platform using the register button in the top right corner of the screen to start your application.
Summary of Key Dates:
- Application deadline: Friday 14 April 2023 (23:59 BST)
- Successful applicants notified: Friday 05 May 2023
- Case Study submissions deadline: Wednesday 31 May 2023
- Invoice submissions deadline: Friday 14 July 2023, 23:59 BST
Advance HE will supply a Purchase Order for the grant funding. Institutions will need to raise an invoice for payment of the grant funding. Advance HE requires this invoice to be submitted by 14 July 2023 to ensure payment. Payment will only be made on receipt of an invoice from the institution.
Q: What happens if I’m unable to meet the application deadline of 14 April 2023?
A: It will not be possible to extend the published deadline. All applications must be received by 14 April 2023 (23:59 BST).
Q: Can I submit more than one application?
A: Yes, though Advance HE will only fund a maximum of two applications per institution.
Q: Will my final case study be published exactly as submitted?
A: The case studies will go through our publication process. It may be necessary to make edits for style and consistency purposes. We will clarify any major edits with the authors.
Q: If my application is unsuccessful, will I receive feedback?
A: Unfortunately, it will not be possible to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.
Q: What happens if I miss the deadline for submitting my invoice?
A: It may not be possible to provide the grant award of £1000 if invoices are not submitted by the deadline of Friday 14 July 2023.
Q: Can you tell me more about the review process?
A: Applications will be reviewed by two reviewers with expertise in the areas described. Applications will be sent to reviewers without details of the individual or institution submitting.
Q: Is any further support available from Advance HE before I submit my application?
A: The requirements for grant applications are available on the Global Impact Grants website. You can also find links on this page to grants that were successfully awarded in 2022. We cannot provide individual support for applicants, but if you have any questions about the process you can contact email@example.com.
Explore the Global Impact Grants 21-22
Advance HE made 17 awards of Global Impact Grants in July 2022 with the intention of sharing work conducted across our international membership that has had a demonstrable impact on staff or students. Submissions were received from over 10 different countries across a range of areas of higher education practice.
These case studies from around the world address three specific issues in global higher education: Academic Development, Disciplinary Teaching and Learning, and Student Success.