5 September 2012
Details have been announced of the successful bids for the £1 million made available through the Innovation and Transformation Fund (ITF).
The Leadership Foundation and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) launched the fund last September. Competition for the £1m was extremely high, with bids from over 80 applications totalling £8.1m. Over the past six months, the steering group has worked with applicants to finalise the list of projects that will proceed and be developed.
The ITF was launched after Universities UK published The Diamond Report, Efficiency and effectiveness in higher education. It aims to ensure that the strategic themes and recommendations in the report are actively explored and implemented. The projects being taken forward are all critically useful to the sector during this major period of transition. The steering committee believes that they engage with core academic issues in higher education unlock knowledge, and offer evidence of compelling stories of change which can be applied collaboratively in a competitive environment.
Half of the successful projects are being led by higher education institutions, the others by organisations closely allied to the higher education sector. Most have already identified a range of partners with whom they plan to work, from within and outside higher education. The conditions of the ITF encourage participation from as wide a range as possible of higher education institutions and other stakeholders, to ensure widespread awareness, testing and embedding of the projects’ initiatives.
If you would like to find out more about the projects please contact the project lead directly.