Future priorities

The Education Incubator is committed to supporting the best ideas for enhancing learning from across the University. We work with students, academics, and other members of the University to identify innovative practice and Institutional priorities. 

Applying for a 2019/20 Incubator Project


The application process  for undertaking an Education Incubator project during 2019/20 has now opened, please submit an electronic application form. The Education Incubator provides time and collaborative opportunities for academic colleagues (E&R and E&S) to focus on pedagogic innovation in research-inspired education, including those made possible through the digital revolution. Support can include:

  • One year of resource to backfill teaching or administrative duties for the Incubator Fellows;
  • Funding to pay for student engagement in Incubator projects;
  • Travel, conference attendance, and other incidental costs.

For more information to help you to prepare your application, please see the Developing your incubator application materials.

You can now watch the Streatham development workshop on recap here.

Incubator projects contribute to excellent education at the University of Exeter. Incubator fellows will be expected to work collaboratively to develop responses to the following themes, which are portable across disciplines and colleges:

Theme 1: The core curriculum

This theme recognises that innovating in the core curriculum can be particularly complex. We want to support you to make changes informed by education literature and the agendas identified through the education strategy consultation.  What the core curriculum is will be determined by the context you are working in. It is likely to be modules or projects undertaken by most students and may involve many academics and professional service staff. These could be modules that support transition to university, core skills development, and/or a capstone module where students integrate and demonstrate their learning across their degree.

Theme 2: Success for all

We invite applications that will innovate to create more inclusive education. We are interested in projects which address how we support all of our students to engage with their education and do their best, regardless of background or prior attainment. These projects might seek to develop our understanding and practice of personal tutoring, curricula design or delivery, using data to support students, or personalised learning. They should be informed by a commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Theme 3: Reimagine education

How might education be done differently? We can look to advances in digital technology – AI, VR, or gamification - to inform our understanding of what is possible and what desirable in education. Alternatively, we can look to changes in labour markets or within disciplines. This theme seeks educators who are interested in reimagining learning and teaching. These might include innovations in contact time, online resources, assessment or feedback. Outputs from projects could include innovative modules ready to run in the following academic year, MOOCs, resources to support other colleagues to adopt and adapt innovative practice, or systematic evaluation of innovations.

Theme 4: Ed tech Exeter

This theme asks academics to innovate and evaluate how they use education technology to support student learning. These technologies can include, but are not limited to, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and virtual learning environments. We want to support experimentation which will inform the near future of higher education teaching (see https://www.nearfutureteaching.ed.ac.uk/about for provocations). How can we design modules to make the best use of both face-to-face and online engagement? How can we support students to use technology as a platform for active learning? How do we design inclusive spaces which encourage collaboration and personal development? We are interested in projects which work with students to explore questions such as these.

For more information on forthcoming funding please contact the Education Incubator team on educationincubator@exeter.ac.uk or 01392 72 6771. One of our Project Officers will assist you. 

Applying for a Research-Inspired Inquiry Led Learning grant


All information on RIIL grants and the RIIL application form can be found directly on our homepage.