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FDTL: The Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning

Gerry Taggart gives a brief outline of this HEFCE funded programme of projects geared towards teaching and learning using IT.

The HEFCE has committed £8 million over the next two years to the Fund for the Development of Teaching and Learning (FDTL), a new initiative aimed at stimulating developments and promoting good practice across the higher education sector.

This is the first time that the Council has linked the results of its quality assessment process to its allocation of funds to the sector. Only institutions judged to be providing high quality education were eligible to bid for project funds.

Forty-four projects are being supported under phase one, which covers the 15 subjects assessed by the Council between summer 1993 and spring 1995. They were selected from 192 original applications, 72 of which made a second-stage bid. Nearly half the successful projects involve consortium arrangements between two or more institutions.

A list of projects and contact names can be accessed electronically at http://www.hefce.ac.uk/initiat.htm. Full details will be published in October 1996.

Phase two of the FDTL will cover the eight subjects assessed between April 1995 and September 1996. A circular inviting bids will issue in December 1996, and funding will begin in October 1997.

The following examples demonstrate the range of approaches being adopted by FDTL projects:

Further information about the FDTL is available from the HEFCE by contacting:
Gerry Taggart,
FDTL Project Manager,
Northavon House,
Coldharbour Lane,
Bristol BS16 1QD

Telephone: 0117 9317452
Fax: 0117 9317446
E-mail: g.taggart@hefce.ac.uk