Research Funding

ALDinHE’s funding call opens in June of each year for 4 weeks. We have £5,000 available in funding, with a maximum of £1,000 per project, and this opportunity is open to anyone who works at a member institution. Each year ALDinHE allocates funding for innovative research projects that focus on specific aspects of Learning Development.

The ALDinHE grants are competitive bids, which are judged by the Research and Development working group against the following criteria:

  1. The extent to which the research will directly impact or further enhance students’ experiences of Learning Development.
  2. Evidence of collaboration and clear implications for the field of Learning Development, beyond the individual’s immediate practice / subject field.
  3. Appropriate and achievable aims within the context of the project, including details as to how the project will be evaluated and shared with the LD community.
  4. Appropriate research question/s, methodology and breakdown of financial details and how this builds on the current literature within the field.
  5. Demonstration of how the project is aligned with the research team’s interest and experience in pedagogic research.
People discussing Research Funding

To apply for ALDinHE research funding, all guidance, application forms and templates are provided within the application guidance.

ALDinHE offers mentoring to support members who want to apply for research funding. If you would like to request a mentor to guide you through the submission process and preparation processes, please email . Please note that a mentor does not guarantee that an application will be accepted.

Project outcomes are disseminated to the wider community through the website and the annual ALDinHE conference.

We also encourage all successful applicants to write up their project for publication in The Journal for Learning Development in Higher Education.

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LD Research

Current and past ALDinHE funded research, in the field of learning development is listed below. If you’d like to know more detail about a particular research topic, please contact the individual researcher directly, using the details listed.

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