The OU centre for STEM pedagogy
17th July 2023
Welcome to the 23rd eSTEeM call for scholarship project proposals for OU colleagues. As in previous calls, we are interested in supporting individuals and groups of scholars and we would like to receive both:
Below is a list of strategic priority areas that may help you in focusing your project proposal. However, please remember that this does not preclude you from suggesting other scholarship projects that fit within the eSTEeM portfolio.
Across all priority areas, we would encourage project teams to draw upon the experience of colleagues in the Student Support Team and consider how to actively involve students as collaborators/co-investigators within project teams. Further details can be found below under Guidance and recommendations.
What to do next
Obtain and complete the proposal form
If you have a worked up proposal in mind, then please download a project proposal form, link below under Related Resources. To assist you in preparing your proposal, please view our current and archived eSTEeM projects and final reports. Please also visit the Scholarship Exchange, which is the University’s repository of scholarship projects and reports, to explore any related scholarship that your proposal can build upon. We would also strongly encourage you to speak to those colleagues who have conducted similar projects to the one you may be proposing.
Expressions of interest
If you would prefer to register your interest in joining a project group, rather than proposing a project, please email email@example.com indicating the priority area(s) you are interested in investigating and why. There is no need to gain School Scholarship Lead endorsement or Head of School/Lead Line Manager approval at this stage, they will be required at a later stage once a suitable project has been developed.
Sign-off procedure for proposals
Please note that before submission to eSTEeM all project proposals must be reviewed and endorsed by your School Scholarship Lead and your time allocation must be approved by your Head of School (central and regional staff) or your Lead Line Manager (Associate Lecturers). Therefore, please ensure that you contact your respective School Scholarship Lead to discuss your ideas as soon as possible, and ideally no later than Friday 8th September. This will allow them sufficient time to support you and provide feedback on your draft proposal before the deadline. It is important that you allow enough time for your HOS/LLM to receive your proposal. Therefore, it might be useful to inform them well in advance that your proposal is on its way, so you can schedule a time to submit your proposal for their sign-off.
|Wednesday 9th August||Pre-bidding Workshop|
|Wednesday 16th August||Drop-in Session|
|Ideally no later than Friday 8th September||Discuss proposal with School Scholarship Lead|
|Ideally no later than Friday 15th September||Obtain Head of School/Lead Line Manager approval|
|5pm Friday 29th September||Submission Deadline|
|Mid-October||eSTEeM Coordination Group Scrutiny Panel|
|Late October||Proposers informed of decision|
If you are an AL, and possibly working across a number of schools, then please contact the Scholarship Lead of the school to which the proposal relates.
|LHCS||Duncan Banks / Sarah Daniell - from 1st Augustfirstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com|
Pre-bidding Workshop and Drop-in Session: 9th and 16th August
We will be holding a pre-bidding workshop to assist colleagues with the preparation of an eSTEeM project proposal and to discuss any project ideas that you may have. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 9th August, 10.00-11.30 via MS Teams. The workshop will be recorded and available as a replay shortly afterwards, the link for which will appear on this page under Related Resources.
In addition, we will be holding a drop-in session on Wednesday 16th August, 19.00-20.00 via Teams, for those colleagues unable to attend the workshop who wish to discuss their project idea or have any further queries. To register, for one or both sessions, please visit the registration page.
The deadline for fully worked up proposals and expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 29th September 2023. Proposals will be scrutinised by the eSTEeM Coordination Group in mid-October and proposers will be informed shortly afterwards.
Project call timetable for 2023-24
If you are unable to develop a proposal during this round, there will be further open calls as detailed below.
|24th call for projects||January 2024|
|25th call for projects||July 2024|
The estimated duration of projects is around 12-18 months with each team member expected to commit a minimum of 10 days.
Key information for Associate Lecturers
Guidance and recommendations
Students as Partners in Scholarship
We continue to prioritise projects that actively involve students as collaborators/co-investigators in the project team (and not just as research participants). We are happy to provide guidance on how exactly this might be achieved in the context of your project plan. Please note that students who accumulate eight hours or more of working on an eSTEeM project will be able to claim a digital badge ‘Student Partner in Educational Research’ in recognition of their contributions to scholarship.
Collaboration with Student Recruitment and Support Centre/Student Support Team colleagues
We would like to further encourage collaborative proposals between the Student Recruitment and Support Centre and the STEM Faculty that will evaluate the impact of activities around student experience and success. We are keen for these to involve Student Recruitment and Support Centre staff as active partners in the design and operation of the project, and not merely in contacting students. eSTEeM has a panel of SST Scholarship Champions who are advisors (Senior Advisors and Educational Advisors) willing to work with colleagues on eSTEeM projects. If you would like to know more about current and planned activities within individual subject areas, please contact your School SST Lead.
|School||Student Support Lead|
|LHCS||Fiona Moorman / Claire Rostron - from 1st Augustfirstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com|
If you are seeking to gain recognition as a HEA Fellow or Senior Fellow, a completed eSTEeM project can be helpful to support your claim for professional recognition against the UK Professional Standards Framework via Applaud.
In addition, eSTEeM has developed a Badged Open Course Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in STEM, which is freely available on OpenLearn. The aim of the course is to guide colleagues through the process of systematically designing, conducting, reflecting upon and evaluating an ethically reasoned SoTL inquiry. This resource is highly recommended for anyone who is new to scholarship and looking to submit a proposal.
If you have any queries, or if you would like to discuss any initial ideas that you have, then please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your proposals and expressions of interest.