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Advance HE Connect awards more than £30,000 to encourage users to share, connect and collaborate

01 Aug 2019 | Advance HE More than £30,000 of funding has been awarded to support the creation of community-led groups on Advance HE Connect, the online global community platform for individuals, groups and communities in higher education.

Thirty-one projects have shared £33,500 of the Networks On-Boarding Grant.

Spanning a variety of interest areas including STEM, Arts and Humanities, student and staff engagement and health and wellbeing, nine of the grant awards are specifically focussed on subject areas. Groups such as Authentic Learning for Global Citizenship, Student Mental Health Educational Analytics and the Invisible College: A community for creative pedagogy have also received funding to coordinate and grow their networks.

Successful applications for the grants have demonstrated how they will use Advance HE Connect to develop subject and thematic community connections, share resources and encourage cross-sector collaboration. Those awarded the funding are expected to populate the network with topics for discussion, create resources, produce collaborative projects or events, interact with members and monitor the forums and live feed until the end of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Ruth Wells, Member Networks Manager at Advance HE, said,

“The successful applications demonstrated a clear understanding of the brief and the review panel believed that each proposed network offered distinct value to the broader global community on Advance HE Connect.

“I am looking forward to working with each of the Networks and have already completed a number of training sessions for the communities so they can start the process of building communities.”

The current round of funding has now closed but Advance HE Connect will offer further Networks On-Boarding Grants in the 2019-20 academic year.

More than 12,000 users have signed up to Advance HE Connect in just under 12 weeks since its launch. The platform remains free for all to join but users who are employed by an Advance HE member institution also have access to exclusive member benefits.

As well as being able to share, connect and collaborate with global higher education peers, members can enjoy:

  • Free access to host your own webinar to the Advance HE Connect community hosting functionality
  • Access to member-only Advance HE group spaces
  • Free access to a monthly webinar series for 2019–20
  • Special interest groups – co-create timely solutions to today’s issues when they arise
  • Access to the Small Development Grant funding call for 2019-20

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