Education Strategic Fund

Round Two 2022-23: Student Satisfaction Priorities 

The application process to apply for funding from round two of the Education Strategic Fund (ESF) for the 2022-23 academic year opens on Monday 24 October. 

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).

This second round of ESF Funding in 2022-23 aims to specifically invest in areas that have been identified as priorities through the Institutional Student Satisfaction Action Plan, in particular projects that will directly contribute to:

  • Improving the quality and timeliness of assessment and feedback
  • Improving the inclusivity of teaching and assessment practices

Other projects can be considered within Round Two, providing they specifically contribute to the objectives set out in the University’s Education Strategy 2019-25 or Education Action Plan 2022-23

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.

Applications to the ESF 2022-23 that were previously unsuccessful will not be reconsidered within Round Two.

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 Monday 21 November at 5pm.  All allocated funding must be used by Sunday 31 July 2023.


Timeline 2022-23

Date Activity Applicant
Monday 24 October Applications open Write and submit bids
Monday 21 November Applications close
w/c 21 November Decision of which projects to support


w/c 28 November Applicants contacted with outcome. Funding made available to successful applicants

Receive notification of outcome

Projects able to start

Monday 31 July 2023   All spending must be finalised. Project reports must be submitted in accordance with published deadline.

All allocated funding must be used by 31 July 2023.

Round One 2022-23

Applications for Round One of the ESF 2022-23 projects have now closed.  Details of successful projects will follow.  All allocated funding must be used by 31 July 2023.

Project Leads for ESF projects will be required to complete and submit a project report form. Further detail on timescales and the form will be provided in due course.

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Emma Hardy