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Grants funding to boost quality of university teaching and learning



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Senator Chris Evans Media Release

Grants funding to boost quality of university teaching and learning

20 Jun 2012

The Gillard Government will provide more than $4 million to support projects at some of Australia's leading universities to improve teaching and learning in higher education institutions.

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, today announced 10 Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) fellowships valued at a total $1.4 million and 21 OLT grants worth a total $2.7 million across 14 institutions.

Grants are allocated to education institutions to help academics and staff to investigate, develop and implement innovations in learning and teaching.

"The Gillard Government recognises it is crucial that we have the best teachers in our universities to educate the leaders of tomorrow," Senator Evans said.

"The OLT fellowships and grants will support projects that improve the quality of our teaching across a range of important disciplines, including areas where education shortages have been identified such as science, maths and advanced nursing education.

"This year, the introduction of seed grants will allow smaller scale projects at universities to explore ideas that have the potential to make a big impact on learning and teaching, with the view to expanding the models to be adopted sector-wide."

Grant and fellowship recipients this year include projects to foster national engagement in science and maths learning and teaching, identify at risk students in their first year to enhance their learning outcomes and investigate how regional higher education campuses can better collaborate with TAFE.

The OLT offers a range of grants, awards and fellowships each year to assist in the promotion of excellence in learning and teaching in higher education.

A further round of grants will be considered later this year, taking expenditure on the program to $6 million in 2012.

The funding provided for these grants and fellowships is part of the Government's $38.8 billion commitment for teaching and learning over the next four financial years to support the increasing number of students attending university as a result of its higher education reforms.

A complete list of fellowship and grant recipients can be found at: www.olt.gov.au/grantsandprojects

Media Contact: Minister Evans' office, Amy McKenna 0408 570 603