Centre for Scholarship and Innovation
18th January 2022
Welcome to the 20th eSTEeM call for project proposals for Open University staff. 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. For example, we would be particularly interested in receiving proposals which investigate student outcomes in STEM modules in relation to the Open Programme, innovations in STEM education, or projects which address themes such as accessibility and alternate formats for module materials.
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.
To assist you in preparing your proposal, please visit the projects summary, current and previous eSTEeM projects and final reports. Please also visit the searchable 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 advise you to speak to those colleagues who have conducted similar projects to the one you may be proposing.
Sign-off procedure for proposals
Please note that before submission to eSTEeM all proposals must be reviewed and endorsed by your School Scholarship Lead and your time allocation must be approved by your Head of School (non-AL staff) or your Lead Line Manager (AL staff). Therefore, please ensure that you contact your respective Scholarship Lead to discuss your ideas as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 11th February. This will allow them sufficient time to support you and provide feedback on your draft proposal before the deadline.
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 to.
Sarah Davies/Fiona Aiken
Pre-bidding Workshop: Wednesday 2nd February 2022, 14.30-16.00 via MS Teams
We will be holding a pre-bidding workshop to assist colleagues with the preparation of an eSTEeM project proposal and discuss any project ideas that you may have. The workshop will take place on Wednesday 2nd February, 14.30-16.00 via MS Teams. Please confirm your attendance by visiting the registration page by Friday 28th January 2022. The session will be recorded for those unable to make this date.
Expressions of interest
If you would like to register your interest in joining a project group, rather than proposing a project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org indicating the priority area(s) you are interested in investigating and why.
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 Lecturer colleagues
The deadline for fully worked up proposals and expressions of interest is 17.00 on Friday 25th February 2022. Proposals will be scrutinised by the eSTEeM Coordination Group in mid-March and proposers will be informed shortly afterwards.
Project call timetable for 2022-23
If you are unable to develop a proposal during this round, there will be further open calls as detailed below.
21st call for projects
22nd call for projects
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 study 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 8 hours or more of working on an eSTEeM project will be entitled to download a digital badge ‘Student Partner in Educational Research’ in recognition of their involvement with scholarship through eSTEeM.
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 staff as active partners in the design and operation of the project, and not merely in contacting students. If you would like to know more about current and planned activities within individual subject areas, please contact your Student Support Team (SST) Lead.
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 new Badged Open Course Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in STEM which is now 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 essential 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 email@example.com. We look forward to receiving your proposals and expressions of interest by 17.00 on Friday 25th February.
Scholarship Exchange (Intranet only)