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Warwick Foundation Studies | Collaborative SoTL Research Fund

Welcome to the Warwick Foundation Studies Collaborative SoTL Research Fund.

This new project fund offers the opportunity for collaborative research of teaching and learning to benefit predominantly international students preparing for or already undertaking degree study at any level at the University of Warwick.

All projects need to include Warwick Foundation Studies teaching-focused colleagues as leads working with at least one other department from across the institution.

To register your interest in order to help to find collaborators, please share your idea on our Padlet:

WFS SoTL Research Fund ( opens in a new window

Want to know more?

As this is a new fund, we are holding a Briefing Session to provide more information and to answer any questions.

Tuesday 13th February, 3-4pm - Microsoft Teams

To be added to the meeting invite please email Joanne Scarr (

New deadline for proposal submissions: 15 April 2024, 17:00

Funding Objectives

This is the launch year for the WFS Collaborative SoTL Research Fund.

The WFS SoTL fund has been created to enable collaborative partnerships between academic staff from WFS with those from at least one other department which receives students from a WFS programme, in order to positively impact the learning experience of students.

As a department, WFS holds a strategic cross-departmental role as the majority of our programmes prepare or support students, mainly international students, for effective and successful academic study. Current programmes include:

  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
  • Pre-sessional English programmes from which students progress to a range of postgraduate taught degrees, with some also progressing to undergraduate degrees
  • In-sessional study skills support
  • Warwick Summer School & Pre-University Summer School

Within this context, the fund aims to support collaborative projects across a range of subject disciplines that will directly support the learning and teaching experience for students starting their journey in WFS and then progressing to another department.

We welcome applications initiated by staff from any department.

Full details of the criteria and the application form are available in the guidance document.

Note: As the deadline for proposals is quite late in the year, applicants are encouraged to think of extending their project into 24/25. This will mean costing for Term 3 and the new academic year separately (see section on funding).

An initial workshop was held by Dr Kerry Dobbins, ADC to facilitate exploration of a project and the session recording can be accessed here:

Finding your SoTL project idea-20231116_100507-Meeting Recording.mp4Link opens in a new window

Note: if you do not have access, please email Joanne Scarr

Ready to submit your proposal?

Once you are ready to submit your proposal, please complete the Project Proposal Form here.Link opens in a new window

For informal enquiries, please contact:

Professor Nina-Anne Lawrence ( ), Director & Head of Department, Warwick Foundation Studies