Innovation & Enterprise


Funding for online short course and CPD development 2018 to 2019

The UCL Life Learning team, through UCL Innovation & Enterprise, is offering funding to enable departments to develop and deliver online short courses.

Call for proposals

You can apply for up to £25,000 to develop and deliver an online short course within the 2018 to 2019 financial year.

You must submit an approved proposal and supporting documents by 9am on Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Proposal criteria

Your proposal should meet the following criteria:

  • Courses must be fully online, or blended but with significant online content
  • Funding is available for non credit-bearing online short course development only. Suggested uses of the funding are: instructional designers, backfill of academic time, course coordination, filming and media content etc. 
  • Proposals must demonstrate additionality (i.e. that the project would not happen without the funding) 
  • You must be able to deliver a first instance of the course by the end of UCL financial year 2018 to 2019, within budget 
  • Pilot course projects won't be considered
  • Courses must charge a fee (based on information generated through the costing and pricing tool) and issue a certificate of participation 

Conditions of funding

If your proposal is successful you'll need to:

  • agree to adhere to the best practice course development process, as set out in a custom project plan managed by UCL Life Learning. Contact Alison Pretlove (a.pretlove@ucl.ac.uk) if you'd like to know more about this. Non-adherence may result in UCL Innovation & Enterprise exercising a right to reclaim monies spent
  • agree to the course being offered on partner platforms (e.g. Futurelearn), if deemed appropriate
  • work with a learning technologist provided by UCL Life Learning to assist with online content design
  • share course data with the funders via post-project review (including a written case-study of the project)

Assessment of proposals

All applications will be assessed after the submission deadline by an expert panel from UCL Innovation & Enterprise and Digital Education and decisions will be communicated in due course.

How to apply

To be considered, your submission should include:

  1. a completed course initiation questionnaire (CIQ) approved by your Head of Department and Faculty Tutor. The CIQ is available and submitted via Portico (click on the curricular management module > scroll down to curriculum planner > click on short courses). Note: when completing the CIQ you'll be asked to upload the completed costing and pricing tool (see point 2). Read the CIQ guidelines on the Life Learning wiki (UCL password required).
  2. the completed costing and pricing tool (Excel spreadsheet)
  3. the completed short course planning template
  4. a completed check list of desk research into the market for your course and competitors
  5. written agreement from any external partners (if applicable)

Contact Alison Pretlove (a.pretlove@ucl.ac.uk) for the latest versions of the costing and pricing tool (2), the short course planning template (3) and the market research checklist (4).

When completed, send items 2 to 5 to lifelearning@ucl.ac.uk 

The deadline for receipt of application documentation (including an approved CIQ) is 9am on Tuesday 19 June 2018.


Before completing your application, you can contact the Life Learning team to discuss your course idea, the application process and subsequent support offer in more detail. 

You can contact the Life Learning team on 020 7679 9353 or by email to lifelearning@ucl.ac.uk