Education Strategic Fund

2022-23 applications

The application process to apply for funding from the Education Strategic Fund (ESF) for the 2022-23 academic year opens on Monday 4 July.

The ESF offers funding to individuals and groups of University staff to undertake innovative education projects that embody the University’s commitment to excellence in education, and will make a significant difference to the student experience at Essex. 

The fund is intended to support progress towards achievement of the objectives set out in the University’s Education Strategy 2019-25 (.pdf - staff login required). This can include but is not limited to objectives set out in Education Action Plan 2022-23 (.pdf - staff login required).

We particularly welcome applications in the areas of:

  • Rebuilding our communities post-pandemic and delivering an amazing on-campus student experience.
  • Curriculum/Education Innovations, particularly in relation to curriculum review.
  • Reducing equality gaps; supporting innovations through decolonising the curriculum work or other initiatives that can support the University’s ambition to remove equality gaps by 2025.
  • Students as Active Participants in their own Education; developing projects that build and embed opportunities.

Any member of staff may apply for project funding. Applications are particularly welcome for collaborative projects, particularly those which include a substantial amount of student involvement including as active participants, partners, or co-applicants. The maximum funding per applicant is £5000 but we are also happy to consider smaller projects requiring less investment.

Please follow the link to this year’s application form, further information and guidance notes, and refer to the timeline below for application dates and the deadline for funding use.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 20 September 2022 at 5pm (Please note that this deadline has been extended following confirmation arrangements for HM The Queen’s Funeral and the announcement of a statutory bank holiday). Applications are welcome at any time, up to this extended deadline of 5pm Tuesday 20 September 2022. All allocated funding must be used by Sunday 31 July 2023.

Timeline 2022-23

Date Activity Applicant
Monday 4 July Applications open Write and submit bids
Tuesday 20 September Applications close
w/c 26 September Decision of which projects to support


w/c 3 October Applicants contacted with outcome. Funding made available to successful applicants

Receive notification of outcome

Projects able to start

Monday 31 July 2022   All spending must be finalised. Project reports must be submitted in accordance with published deadline.

A further funding round may take place, subject to funds being available following the allocation of funding during this first application round. All allocated funding must be used by 31 July 2023.

2021-22 projects

Project Leads for ESF Projects 2021-22 are required to complete and submit their Project Report by no later than Friday 30 September 2022.

Get in touch
Emma Hardy