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The Quality Advancement Unit has contestable funds available to support the development and implementation of improvement projects initiated by departments, programmes, service units, working groups or other University organisations.

Applicationshave now CLOSED.


Improvement Grants support the University's preparations for Academic Audit. The Cycle 6 Academic Audit focuses on teaching, learning, support and outcomes for students. Improvement Grants are awarded to projects that propose solutions to challenges faced by the University and encourage the development and sharing of good practice. Projects may take a variety of forms including benchmarking, enhancement initiatives, interventions, pilots or other innovative endeavours.

The fund is not for supporting activities that should be part of the normal course of work of a department or service area.

For further information about this year's round, it's Point of Focus and the application process please read the Improvement Grant Information Sheet below.

Projects which support the Academic Audit focus will receive special consideration.

For further information, please contact:

Angela Moore
Quality Advancement Unit
Tel +64 3 479 5784

2022 Improvement Grants Awarded:

  • Department of Information Science – Enhancing the Student experience in remote teaching and learning settings by applying emotion aware learning analytics
  • Department of Botany / Ecology Programme - Wānanga ABC: Actively Building Competency, a staff-student exchange to build bicultural bridges to improve understanding and curriculum
  • HEDC - Enhancing Doctoral Supervision Training Content and Delivery
  • Office of Student Success - Course Navigation for Pacific Students
  • Department of Physics - Supporting Māori and Pasifika students transition into Health Science First Year
  • Social Anthropology Programme - Improving Pasifika Student Success in POPH192
  • Social Impact Studio - Developing a co-curricular record for University of Otago

2021 Improvement Grants - No Grants Awarded

2020 Improvement Grants Awarded:

  • Campus and Collegiate Life Services – Pastoral Care Act Codification for University of Otago
  • HEDC – Benchmarking Doctoral Supervision professional development in Otago University with Matariki partner Universities.
  • Division of Sciences – Māori student learning support initiatives in the Division of Sciences
  • Graduate Research School – Enhancing Academic Writing Support for Postgraduate Students

2019 Improvement Grants Awarded:

  • Campus and Collegiate Life Services Division - Collegiate Way International Partners Stocktake and Benchmarking
  • Te Whare Tawharau - Understanding students experiences and perceptions of sexual assault and harassment on campus
  • Department of Psychology - An online social-belonging intervention to improve Maori student's academic outcomes and well being
  • Office of Student Success - Returning to a successful academic track
  • Social Impact Studio - Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) Global Citizenship, Student Lead
  • Education Unit, UOW - Exploring academic misconduct and integrity among medical students in New Zealand and Scotland: A mixed methods study
  • Distance Learning/Quality Advancement Unit - Sharing good evaluation practice: Otago examples of how to increase response rates to student evaluations of teaching and courses
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