ALT GRANTS SCHEMES – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Deadline: Monday 14th January 2019; 4pm

The Association of Law Teachers now welcomes applications for the 2019 grants round. The ALT has made up to £10000 available for 2019. The ALT has three different types of grants to support different elements of work undertaken by our members. The first is our research grants scheme which funds research into legal education broadly conceived, the second scheme focuses on innovation in learning and teaching whereas the final focuses on impact and is designed to help legal education researchers maximise the impact of their pedagogic research.

ALT Research Grant

This grant is designed to support research into all aspects of legal education. The ALT supports research into pedagogical aspects of our work as well as broader questions around the nature of legal education and the public and private lives of law schools. Grants will not normally exceed £3000 for a single project.

ALT Innovation in Teaching Practice Small Grant Scheme

This small grant is designed to fund ideas or projects that relate to innovation in legal education. The ALT welcomes applications from anyone who has an innovative idea to enhance teaching practice. Grants can be used to support the implementation of learning and teaching ideas at your own institution but applications should also make clear how these projects will be evaluated and findings disseminated. These small grants will not normally exceed £750 for a single project

ALT Research Informed Learning Impact Grant Scheme

This small grant is designed to fund projects which help demonstrate the impact of research informed learning and teaching or help increase the impact of learning and teaching projects in this area. These grants will not normally exceed £500 for a single project.

General Criteria and Guidance

  1. Applicants must be Members of the ALT in the year in which the grant is to be awarded
  2. Applicants must be affiliated to a higher or further education institution which must agree to administer any grant awarded
  3. Applications which are not on the correct form or which are incomplete or not submitted by the deadline will not be considered
  4. Applications which exceed the word limits stated in the form will not be considered
  5. Applications are considered by a subcommittee of the ALT’s Executive Committee and any amounts awarded may differ from the amount applied for
  6. Grants will not normally be paid for transcription costs only
  7. Grants will not normally cover conference attendance or activities which are concerned only with dissemination
  8. Successful applicants must supply a short summary of their proposed project for inclusion on the ALT website after the award is made and also a short summary of their findings within 3 months of completing the project
  9. Any guidance in blue in the form below should be deleted
  10. The application should be accompanied by a letter from the institution at which the applicant is based confirming that they are willing to administer the grant
  11. Projects should start after 1st March 2019 and will usually be completed within one calendar year of the award being made.
  12. Applications should be sent by email to the ALT Secretary Charlotte Harrison by email (Charlotte.Harrison@port.ac.uk) by the deadline which is 4pm on Monday 14th January 2019

To apply for any of the grant schemes please use this application form

Grants and Awards

The ALT offers a number of grants and award schemes, available to paid-up members, and advertised via our Newsletter.

The Law Teacher and ALT Annual Seminar Prize

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The Law Teacher: the International Journal of Legal Education, together with the Association of Law Teachers, offers an annual fund to support one or more research seminars addressing the subject of legal education.

We are keen to promote high quality legal education scholarship that can be described as rigorous with significant reach. We will therefore particularly welcome those proposals that bring together leading international scholars in the field of legal education and which provides a significant opportunity to bring the legal education community together.

The Law Teacher will have the first right of refusal to publish papers presented at funded seminars. Papers are therefore expected to be original and unpublished.

Papers are expected to have a significant empirical and/or theoretical component.

Stan Marsh Prizes for ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best Poster’

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The Association of Law Teachers is delighted to announce that we will once again be awarding prizes for the best paper and best poster presented at the conference. To be entered for the competition, please send abstracts for the conference proceedings in the usual manner, but mark your abstract or proposal clearly with ‘to be entered into the Stan Marsh Competition’. If your paper abstract is accepted for the conference, you will need to submit your full paper NO LATER THAN Monday 25th March 4pm.

Posters will be judged by the panel during the conference and do not need to be sent in advance.

The judging panel for both the best paper and the best poster will consist of members of the ALT Committee and they will judge the entries based on the following criteria

For both poster and papers:

  • a strong educational message or finding which is,
    • based on existing and/or developing legal education research,
    • linked to the conference themes (see above).

For papers only (as presented at the conference)

  • engagement of audience,
  • clarity of presentation

For posters only

  • eye-catching poster
  • appropriate use of poster format
  • clear coverage

The winners will be announced at the Annual Dinner on the evening of Monday, so the presentations for prize entrants have to be scheduled for Monday. The prize for the best paper is £250 and the prize for the best poster is £100

Stan Marsh Bursary

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The Association of Law Teachers is delighted to announce the bursaries for the 2019 Annual Conference

  • First Attendance Bursary: This bursary is open to any teacher of law in the HE or FE sector who is attending their first ALT conference and is unable to secure full conference fees from their employing institution.
  • School/College Bursary: This bursary is open to any teacher teaching Law (in its widest sense) in a School or College of Further Education and is unable to secure full conference fees from their employing institution.
  • Doctoral Student Bursary: This bursary is open to any student on a ‘D’ level programme investigating/researching legal education (in any jurisdiction).

Each bursary will cover the full costs of the conference plus accommodation. Delegates will be responsible for their own travel costs.

Applicants for the Bursary must be members of the Association in the year in which the conference takes place. Applications must be made using the form available here and must be emailed to the ALT Secretary Charlotte Harrison (charlotte.harrison@port.ac.uk) by the end of January 2019 marked in the subject line as STAN MARSH BURSARY.

The Committee would be grateful if you would also agree to write a short report about the conference for publication on the website during April/May 2019. It is NOT a requirement of a bursary that the delegate is presenting a paper at the conference. Delegates who meet the criteria for bursaries are encouraged to apply for each as relevant. It is possible that part bursaries may be made where two or more delegates are able to secure part funding from their institution. Applicants should state clearly how much funding the institution is able to provide.

Chris Gale Memorial Prize

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The ALT is honored to be able to award the joint Committee of Head of University Law Schools (CHULS) and ALT Chris Gale Memorial Prize for the second year. The prize will be awarded to the best joint paper presented at the conference and aims to celebrate values of collegiality, collaboration and support in legal education research.

To be entered for the prize, please send abstracts for the conference proceedings in the usual manner, but mark your abstract or proposal clearly with ‘to be entered for the Chris Gale Memorial Prize’. If your paper abstract is accepted for the conference, you will need to submit your full paper NO LATER THAN Monday 25th March 4pm. You can submit for both the Best Paper and the Chris Gale Memorial Prize.

The judging panel will consist of members of the ALT Committee and they will judge the entries based on the following criteria

  • A co-authored paper with at least two authors and presenters
  • Joint presentation of the paper which is engaging and clear
  • a strong educational message or finding which is,
    • based on existing and/or developing legal education research,
    • linked to the conference theme.

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