Awards and funding

The Centre for Distance Education provides funding, annually, to support research activities in the University of London and member institutions and for awards for student achievements.

Roger Mills 2020 Award winners with Vice Chancellor Wendy Thomson

Awards and funding

The Centre for Distance Education provides funding, annually, to support research activities in the University of London and member institutions and for awards for student achievements.

Teaching and Research Awards

About the awards

Our Teaching and Research Awards (TRAs) are aimed at supporting original pedagogic research studies that can provide evidence for innovative and effective practice in distance, on-line and technology-enhanced learning, teaching and assessment.

TRAs provide support for research activities that enhance knowledge about, and methods of implementing, distance learning and teaching. They are open to staff throughout the University of London Federation and to CDE Fellows. TRAs have a value of up to £5000.

Successful Teaching and Research Award studies comprise original enquiries that will advance knowledge and improve the student experience in the field of distance and flexible learning and are normally followed by publication.

2020/21

We made the following Teaching and Research Awards in 2020/21: 

Team members Member institution Project
Dr Elizabeth Armitage-Chan, Kirsty Fox, Prof Stephen May RVC Distance learning through necessity or choice? Examining the impact on students’ engagement and achievement of learning outcomes.
Dr Tony Cornford, Dr Magda Hercheui, Dr Steve Smithson LSE, UCL Global syllabus local learning (Gloslo)
Dr Jane Secker, Peter Kogan, Thomas Hanley, Sarah Ney, Geraldine Foley City, University of London Exploring the student experience of asynchronous individual and collaborative online learning in International Politics undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
Dr Simon Katan, Edward Anstead Goldsmiths, University of London Exploring video streaming solutions for tutor-facilitated synchronous social learning sessions in the online environment

2019/20

We made the following Teaching and Research Awards in 2019/20: 

Team members Member institution Project

Liz Wilkinson 

The Careers Group, University of London Evaluating the learning design of a career learning online micro-module, focusing on the impact of ipsative assessment, self-evaluation and self-reflection in increasing learning gain and depth.

Tierney Kinnison
Claire Vinten
Ruth Serlin
Ayona Silva-Fletcher

Royal Veterinary College

Is there a difference in student experience and learning on the PGCert VetEd when comparing blended and online only delivery models?

Alan Tait
Gwyneth Hughes
Centre for Distance Education;
UCL
Evaluating reforms in assessment practices in University of London Transnational programmes 
Oscar Mwaanga
Reetu Kansal
University of London Worldwide Decolonising University of London Worldwide Curricula and Pedagogies: Towards a ‘Collaborative’ and ‘Transformational’ model for Decolonisation

2018/19

We made the following Teaching and Research Awards in 2018/19: 

Team members Member institution Project

Alberto Asquer

Dr Inna Krachkovskaya

 

SOAS Using chatbots to improve student progression and achievements in distance learning

Jennie Golding

UCL Institute of Edication

METEA (Mathematics Education to Empower Africa) teacher educator development

Project report

Dr Dionisia Tzavara

Dr Ioannis Gkliatkis

Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos

University of Liverpool

University of Hertfordshire

University of London

Exploring students' perceptions about the effectiveness of simulation games in Business and Management Education

Justin O'Brien

Dr Alex Reppel

Royal Holloway, University of London "Can a multi-media, Moodle based critical analysis skills intervention encourage final year undergraduates to engage more deeply with the University of London library's digital learning resources?"

2017/18

We made the following Teaching and Research Awards in 2017/18:

Team members Member institution Project

Dr Anna Foss

Rebecca French

Jenny Fogarty

Alexandra Conseil

London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine 

Development of a Virtual Peer Mentorship Scheme for Public Health MSc Students Undertaking a Research Project via Distance Learning

Interim summary report

Daksha Patel

Atrid Leck

London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine  Assessment of Value Creation from MOOC Based Learning Towards Global Elimination of Trachoma 2020 (GET 2020)

Dr Kathleen O’Reilly

Anne Tholen

Jenny Fogarty

Dr Anna Foss

Professor Graham Medley

London School of Tropical Hygiene and Medicine Supporting Distance Learning Students’ Needs when Learning 'Quantitative Skills; Application to Modelling the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases

Dr Myrrh Domingo

Dr Amos Paran

Dr Andrea Révész

Alessandra Palange

UCL Institute of Education (IoE)

Exploring factors that influence the impact of MOOC learning on participants’ professional practice

2015/16

We made the following Teaching and Research Awards in 2015/16: 

Team members Member institution Project

Stylianos Hatzipanagos 

King's College London Designing Peer Formative Assessment with 
Open Badges in Online Learning Environments

Tim Neuman

University College London

Next generation blended learning

Sally Parsley London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Exploring the use of text mining to support effective social learning in an international, open, online course
Lee-Ann Sequeira London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Formative Multiple-choice Questions: how can technology-enhanced learning to be used to promote deep learning among distance learners?

The Roger Mills Awards for Innovation in Learning and Teaching

About the awards

The Roger Mills Award for innovation in learning and teaching is awarded each year to the best completed University of London project related to distance education and e-learning. It is open to members of staff of all kinds throughout the University of London and its constituent institutions.

2020 Awards and applications

2020 Award   Topic  Institution Submitted by
Joint Winner Developing a blended programme of online careers and employability support for University of London distance education students    University of London Careers Group  Laura Brammar
Joint Winner Designing and running a fully online Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Centre for Distance Education, University of London Gwyneth Hughes
Commended Development, evaluation and transfer of an innovative alumni-peer mentorship scheme for MSc students undertaking a research project via distance learning London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Anna Foss
Commended Facilitating coding practice in the context of online teaching on an undergraduate computing degree  Goldsmiths, University of London  Simon Katan
Edward Anstead

2019 Awards and applications

2019 Award Topic Institution Submitted by
Winner Students with Diverse Educational Backgrounds: Special Support for Online Learning in the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies    School of Advanced Study Nicolas Maple
Commended  Development of an innovative alumni mentorship scheme for Public Health MSc students undertaking a research project via distance learning London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Anna Foss
Commended  Design of UoL Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Centre for Distance Education and University of London Gwyneth Hughes
Commended Innovative practice: Introduction to Who Wrote Shakespeare, the world’s first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the Shakespeare Authorship question Goldsmiths, University of London  Ros Barber
Commended Global MBA Programme Actions/ Initiatives from April 2018 to end of January 2019 University of London Dimitrios Koufopoulos

2018 Awards and applications

2018 Award  Topic Institution Submitted by
Joint winner     Get Interactive: Practical Teaching with Technology - Massive Online open course   BLE Sarah Sherman
Joint winner Formative Assessment in Undergraduate Laws Distance Education programmes UoL Laws Patricia McKellar
Commended Opening up LSE to EMFSS students LSE Steve Bond
Commended Employability in teacher education (input into the PG Certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education) UoL Careers Group Laura Brammar
Commended  Postgraduate Laws UCL Helen Xanthaki
Commended Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management International Programme Birkbeck Duncan Jackson
Commended Philosophy Programme Seminars Birkbeck Florian Steinberger
Commended Icarus Simulation in the Masters in Professional Accountancy UCL Lynsie Chew
Commended Fostering an online community of students and professionals in the refugee and forced migration field School of Advanced Study Sarah Singer

Student Learning Gain Award

About the award

The Centre for Distance Education Learning Gain Award is for students on the UoL Postgraduate certificate Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.  It is awarded by the Board of Examiners for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education to one participant from the programme in each graduating cohort. Unlike many awards that acknowledge top levels of performance, this prize is awarded to students who demonstrate the most significant improvement in their performance over the course of their study, recognising that some students start much further back in the field than others.

2020 winners

Daniel Linton, Programme Leader (Foundation Year), Point Blank Music School, London.