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					              LEARNING ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITY (LEO)
                Revised process for 2009-2010 academic year

Name of Proposer
Partners1

School/Service

Email contact:

Amount of funding sought

Title of project

Start date

End date2
1
 Partners: a project may be undertaken individually, although joint projects, particularly
interdisciplinary ones, are recommended since they foster collegial practice.
2
All projects must be completed WITHIN the current academic year) i.e. by end July 2010.

The LEO projects are formally approved by UEL’s LTC and funded from our
HEFCE Teaching Enhancement and Student Success (TESS) allocation
(formerly TQEF).

To facilitate a successful LEO proposal, you should:
    Demonstrate how it will support delivery of 'Inspiring Excellence and
       Achievement’ - our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy (09-
       12)
    Describe an innovation and evaluation project in Learning and
       Teaching/ Support which is beyond the range or scope of usual
       academic or service practice in your area
    Identify the project’s relevance to other Schools/Services at UEL, and
       state how it will enhance practice and improve the student’s experience
    Include plans for dissemination (local/national)
    Ensure you have approval by all relevant School/Service Learning and
       Teaching Committee has been obtained prior to making an application

Each proposal may request funding of either
         
            up to £5000 (small project)
      OR
         
            up to £10000 (larger project)

N.B. Small and Large projects MUST be completed, and funds used, within
the 09-10 academic year.
N.B. Please note this is a competitive process, with limited funds available.

Advice on LEO proposals is available from the Leader in Learning and
Teaching (LILT) within your School/Service, or from a member of UEL’s
Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC).
All proposals must be submitted by Friday 4th December, 2009.

    Learning Enhancement Opportunity (LEO) PROPOSAL 2008-2009

Title
State the title of your Project.

1. Overview (max 100 words)
This section should be expressed in lay terms, and give a clear overview of
what the project is about and what it intends to do. This may be considered
as similar to an abstract for publication or a conference submission.

2. Aim/s and Objectives (max 200 words)
Aim: should express in broad terms what is to be achieved by undertaking
this LEO. Detail what you propose to accomplish by the end of the project and
how this will impact on the learning and teaching or student support within
your area.
Objectives: should identify the specific outcomes that will be achieved,
including measurable outputs and deliverables.


3. Context (max 100 words)
This section should offer a rationale for the study, placing it within a wider
context. It should expose the gap in knowledge and/or practice that this LEO
intends to address. This will usually include a brief review of relevant
literature, reports of best practice, or other evidence to support your proposal.

4. Methodology (max 300 words)
You should include a clear explanation of:
    methodology and why chosen
    participants
    instruments and/or methods of data collection
    data analysis and evaluation.

5. Project Plan
A LEO project must be completed within the current academic year 2009-10.
A plan should map the activities to key dates, and show how you will manage
the project through to its completion (see table below).
When completing the table please consider the impact of the academic
calendar and other circumstances (e.g., holiday and assessment periods).
Additionally, list activities related to all stages of the project, e.g:
     devising data collection instruments
     data collection, management, analysis
     preparation of reports, publications
     dissemination activities.


Key Project Activity                                 Date (or period)
Project Start Date
Activity
Key Project Activity                                 Date (or period)
e.g. submit Ethics Approval to Graduate School       e.g. By end Oct 09
e.g. data collection                                 e.g. Dec- March 09
 e.g. Write paper for publication                     e.g. May – June 2010
e.g. present findings at UEL Learning + Teaching     e.g. June 2010
Conference


Monitoring

Final report                                         e.g. September 2010

Project End Date                                     July 2010



6. Evaluation of ‘Value Added’ (max 200 words):
The project should represent a topic that is beyond that usually expected
within module or programme activities.
A clear description should identify how you envisage the project will enhance
our academic practice with regard to:
         UEL colleagues and students
         The wider HE community.
You should also identify measures of the project’s success (performance
indicators) for the life of the project, and any effects you would hope to see
upon project completion.

7. Dissemination (max 200 words)
Please give specific examples of ways in which this work will be shared within
your School or Service, the University, and the wider academic community.
Dissemination could be via:
        internal/ external conferences
        research papers
        publications in online forums and professional journals
        School/ Service learning and teaching events, etc.

Please note a condition of approval for all LEOs:
Upon completion, findings must be submitted for presentation at UEL’s
next Learning and Teaching Conference (annual event each June).


8. Finances:
The costing of the project should provide a clear outline of ways in which the
LEO funding is to be spent. For example funds may be spent on:

          Release of staff time for development / buy-in of expertise. All costs
           will be in accordance with standard pay scales:
           http://www.uel.ac.uk/payroll/payscales.html
          Travel – to conferences for dissemination or to other institutions for
           research.
          Subsistence – refreshments for team meetings etc.
           Consumables – if software is to be purchased, please ensure that
            all implications e.g. license, long term funding and support,
            programme compatibility, etc., have been discussed with IT, and
            Dean of your School/Director of Service, and attach evidence
            supporting their approval. Small items of hardware may also be
            purchased providing similar consideration is given to maintenance
            and upkeep, including any requirements that may extend beyond
            the life of the LEO project.
           State whether your project is:

          up to £5000 (SMALL project)
        OR
          up to £10000 (LARGER project).

Item                                                              Budget (£)
Staff costs:

Travel:

Subsistence:

Consumables:


Total


9. Research Ethics Application and Approval:
The University Ethics Committee’s purpose is to approve all experimental
work which involves the use of human participants (running of focus groups
with either staff or students, use of questionnaires, etc.) for which staff of the
University are responsible as part of their University engagement. It is therefore
highly likely that a LEO project will require ethical approval.
Further details are available at the Graduate School website
http://www.uel.ac.uk/gradschool/research/ethics.htm

Does your proposal require ethical approval:                  Yes/No

If yes, please state:

Date Research Ethics Application Form submitted:

Date approved by UEL Ethics Committee (attach evidence):



10. Project Monitoring, Reports and Submission Dates

Interim monitoring will be undertaken by the School/Service LTC or Service
Management team).

Final report
All projects are required to submit a final report to LTC by 1 September 2010.
This should be written as a short paper suitable for publication, and should
include:
     Maximum 3000 words
     Abstract
     Introduction
     Methodology
     Results / Findings
     Analysis / Discussion
     Final conclusions (including value added to the student experience)
     Recommendations for further work
     Dissemination
     Financial Account (This should include information received from the
        financial officer monitoring your LEO cost code).

Signature of LEO proposer ……………………………………………………

Date……………………………………………..


Signature of Dean of School or Director of Service (or Associate) ( to
indicate agreement with proposal)
 ………………………………………………


APPROVAL
To be completed by:

The School/Service Learning and Teaching Committee (or Service
Management Team where no SLTC).

Date of School/Service LTC (or SMT) meeting:
Outcome of meeting :                                      *approved
                                                          /amendments
                                                          required/ rejected
To be completed by:
UEL’s Learning and Teaching Committee
Date passed to UEL LTC
Outcome of meeting:                                    *approved
                                                       /amendments
                                                       required/ rejected
Conditions met                                         *Yes/No
*delete as applicable


11. Submission of LEO proposal
All completed proposals should be submitted to UEL’s Learning and Teaching
Committee Servicing Officer by Friday 4th December 2009:

      Joanne L Wood
      Quality Assurance Officer
      Quality Assurance and Enhancement
      External & Strategic Development Services
      Docklands Campus
      4-6 University Way
      London E16 2RD
      Tel: 020 8223 2678
                             Selection of LEO Applications
                            PROPOSAL Review Form 2009-10
Title of Project
IE&A: LT&A 09-12 – are themes                                   Comments
addressed?
a) Experience and engagement             Fully/Somewhat/ No
b) Excellence in academic and            Fully/Somewhat/ No
   professional practice
c) Equality and inclusion                Fully/Somewhat/ No
d) Environment and access                Fully/Somewhat/ No
e) Employability and employer             Fully/Somewhat/ No
     engagement
f) Exchange of knowledge, research        Fully/Somewhat/ No
     and scholarship
FINANCES
Is the Financial statement clear?         Yes / No
Does it represent value for money?        Yes / No              (Small or Large – circle)
Cost of project                           £
TRANSFER
Will this project transfer to other Fully/Somewhat/ No
Schools / Services?
TIMEFRAME & TASKS
Are these appropriate?                    Yes / No
Are they sufficient ?                     Yes / No
PRIORITY
Is this project innovative?               Fully/Somewhat/ No
How important is this project – should it
be undertaken as a priority?              High / Middle / Low
Specific comments on each section of proposal
Section                                   Comment
Title
Overview
Aim/objectives
Context (with literature review)
Methodology
Project Plan
Value Added
Dissemination
Finances
Ethics Approval
School or Service Approval

Date received by servicing officer …………………………………………………

REVIEWER 1
Name ……………………… Signature ……………………… Date ………………
REVIEWER 2
Name ……………………… Signature ……………………… Date ………………
DLT
Julie Baldry Currens Signature ……………………… Date ………………

Agreed Outcome (please circle)
APPROVE              REFER                   DECLINE

Date returned to SO …………………..
Date returned to LEO Proposer …………………..

Subsequent Actions in case of ‘Refer’ Outcome
Action…………………………………………. Date …………………….
Action…………………………………………. Date …………………….
                       Learning Enhancement Opportunity
                         FINAL REPORT Review Form
When the submitted LEO FINAL REPORT has been reviewed the following
form should be completed and submitted to the Servicing Officer of the
Learning and Teaching Committee

LEO Title

Criteria                                    Comments
Word count (max 3000)
Abstract
Introduction
Methodology
Results / Findings
Analysis / Discussion
Final conclusions (including value added)
Recommendations for further work
Dissemination
Financial Account (to include information
from the financial officer)
Recommendation                              ACCEPT            REFER
                                            (please circle)

Date LEO Final Report received by SO …………………..
Date LEO Final Report forwarded to reviewers ………………………

REVIEWER 1
Name ……………………… Signature ……………………… Date ………………

REVIEWER 2
Name ……………………… Signature ……………………… Date ………………

DLT
Julie Baldry Currens     Signature ……………………… Date ………………

Agreed Outcome (please circle)
ACCEPT             REVISE

Date returned to SO …………………..
Date Outcome returned to LEO Proposer …………………..

Subsequent Actions in case of ‘Refer’ Outcome
Action…………………………………………. Date …………………….
Action…………………………………………. Date …………………….