Pedagogic Research in the Arts (PRiA) Seedcorn Fund

The Seedcorn Fund is intended to support pedagogic projects or activities in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.

The Seedcorn Fund

The Pedagogic Research in the Arts (PRiA)  Seedcorn Fund is intended to support activities for developing pedagogic and other educational research, and for the development of new and innovative student education activities in the Faculty which may underpin future research activity.

The Fund will particularly focus on supporting projects or activity where there is an intention to apply for fuller funding (internal or external) in the future. The Fund may therefore be used for ‘pilot’ activities or to support professional development in the area of student education.

Who can apply?

Colleagues who have ongoing contracts and work in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures can apply for seedcorn funding, this includes SES and other professional services colleagues.

Projects and activities involving partnership and/or impact across the Faculty are strongly encouraged, as are those which involve collaborative work with students.

Funding

Each individual can apply for up to £500 which may be used for project support, such as research assistance, or for professional development activities including attending and presenting at education conferences.

Funding will not be available to include any buy out from, or cover for, teaching or contracted activity.

Anyone in receipt of funding will be required to provide a short output for broader dissemination in the Faculty. This may take the form of a conference report distributed to appropriate colleagues, project report presentation at a PRIA lunch or written report for the PRIA Sharepoint site, blog post for LITE or other site, presentation at the Leeds Student Education Conference etc. 

How to apply

PRiA is delighted to announced that our research funds are now open for applications for 2021-2022.

Applications must now be submitted via the application form and returned to Lorraine Seymour (l.seymour@leeds.ac.uk) before 1 May 2022.

Funding can now be applied for via two streams:

  • Standard Seedcorn funding to support small-scale pedagogical research projects, for up to £500
  • Strategic funding to support projects that are particularly aligned to Faculty strategic priorities, for up to £1000. Please discuss in advance with Helen Finch (h.c.finch@leeds.ac.uk) if you are considering applying via this route.

We especially welcome applications from colleagues new to pedagogical research, and from a diverse range of colleagues in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, including colleagues working in teaching, research, student support, technician areas and other support services.

Details of PRiA's funding can be found on the PRiA Teams area. For this round:

  • Funding must be spent by 31 July 2022. Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Suggested uses of the funding include but are not limited to: teaching and research assistants, training and conference fees, supporting a particular resource for teaching, documenting practice for later, discipline-specific developments.
  • We encourage applications which propose diverse and innovative use of the funding, and to collaborative applications, though it remains the case that this should directly support development in teaching and learning.
  • The usual restrictions on funding apply (personal equipment cannot be applied for.)
  • You must apply for and receive ethical review via the Faculty Research Ethics Committee, where necessary, before submitting your PRiA funding application. If you are not sure whether ethical review is required for your project, please discuss with your School ethics lead.
  • If you intend to survey students as part of your work, you should consult the PRiA guidelines on using students as research participants and must notify Rosie Wells (r.wells@leeds.ac.uk) if your application is successful.
  • If you are applying for teaching or research assistants, the usual HR processes apply, including a case for the developmental nature of the work. The funding cannot be used to cover regular teaching.
  • All posts funded via PRiA must be advertised via Faculty HR. PRiA will support you with this procedure. Applications cannot be made for named assistants.
  • It is expected that successful applicants will disseminate their results, and PRiA will be in touch to support you with this if your application is successful.

If you have any questions about application for PRiA funding or any of PRIA's work, please contact Helen Finch (h.c.finch@leeds.ac.uk). You can also join the PRiA TEAMS area and follow us on Twitter: @PRiACentreUoL.

We look forward to reading your applications.

Pedagogic Research in the Arts (PRiA) at the University of Leeds

In coming to a judgement on a project the review committee will consider issues including:

  • Alignment with School/Faculty strategic objectives
  • Extent of potential benefit to School/Faculty or individual
  • Feasibility of the proposed project/activity
  • Value for money
  • Potential for future developments (e.g. future grant funding, further research, wider dissemination or embedding of activity)

All applications must be supported by Head of School, FESM or other appropriate line manager. This must include a brief statement of how the activity fits within School or Faculty plans, and the applicant’s professional development.

Proposals will be reviewed by a sub group of the PRIA Steering Group and unsuccessful applicants will receive feedback on their application. 

All potential applicants are advised to speak to their School PRIA lead: 

  • Catherine Batt (English)
  • Nick Cass (FAHACS)
  • Allison Cavanagh (interdisciplinary co-opted member) –  Semester 2
  • Michelle Evans (Language Centre)
  • Tess Hornsby Smith (Enhancement lead)
  • Dave Ireland (Music/Deputy) 
  • Beth Johnson (Media) – Semester 1
  • Natasha McKeever (IDEA)
  • Scott Palmer (PCI)
  • Laura Richards – Faculty Digital Education Academic Lead
  • RashaSoliman (LCS)
  • Georgia Testa (PRHS) 

Working group members