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Improvement grants

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.

2020 Applications open in February 2020. 

For further information, please contact:

Jodie Neil
Administrator
Quality Advancement Unit
Tel +64 3 479 5784
Email jodie.neil@otago.ac.nz

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

2018 Improvement Grants Awarded:

  • First Year Experience - Improving student success: the early identification of students at risk of under-performance and the provision of targeted support in a first-year Degree programme (BSNS core)
  • First Year Experience - Improving student success: the early identification of students at risk of under-performance and the provision of targeted support in a first-year Degree programme (HSFY)
  • College of Education - Identifying academic, social, wellbeing and other challenges during the second year of study that may result in academic under-performance
  • Sociology, Gender & Social Work - Enhancing Pacific Student Learning: the role of Departmental Pacific Islands Student Liaisons
  • Higher Education Development Centre - Improving university processes, practices and pedagogies through attention to the narratives of international women students and former refugees
  • Pacific Development Office – Pacific Bridging Programme (incl Marketing & Promotions Plan)
  • Psychology - Somewhere I Belong - A social belonging intervention to improve Maori student's academic outcomes and well being
  • First Year Experience - Getting Back on Track: Improving First Year success for students identified by the Academic Progression Policy as underperforming in a whole-of-institute approach
  • Career Development Centre - Otago Extra: an employability award for Otago students
  • Geography - Incorporating Māori environmental knowledge into field trips

2017 Improvement Grants Awarded:

  • First Year Experience - Improving student success: the early identification of students at risk of under-performance and the provision of targeted support CELS191
  • Quality Advancement Unit - Student Opinion Survey - Support Services Redesign Stage 2
  • Pacific Development Office - University-wide Stocktake of initiatives to support Pacific Students
  • Maori Health Workforce Development Unit, Division of Health Sciences - He Kupenga Matauranga: A Maori research information package for students
  • First Year Experience - Improving first-year student success: the use of Academic Progression Policy Warning notification to identify under-performing 1st year students
  • Career Development Centre - Alumni as Mentors programme
    Read about the project in the September 2017 ANZSSA newsletter (PDF format, 1MB)
  • Humanities Divisional Office - Enhancement of Mentoring and Peer Review of Teaching in the Division of Humanities
  • Planning and Funding - Business Intelligence Stocktake
  • Psychology - Graduate Longitudinal Study NZ analysis

2016 Improvement Grants Awarded:

  • Planning & Funding Office - Strategic Directions to 2020 Action Planning 
  • Graduate Research School -  Benchmarking & Promoting Good Practice for Master's Research Degrees
  • Quality Advancement Unit - OURDrive Project - Graduating Year Reviews
  • Distance Learning -  Student Perceptions of Student Evaluations: Enabling Student Voice & Meaningful Engagement
  • Academic Services -  Degree Planning On-line Programme
  • HEDC - How to Improve Student Engagement with On-line evaluation System: Deployment of Otago Evaluation Systems on Mobile and Ubiquitous Devices
  • Marketing/Communications: Sciences Division - Focus on Employability
  • Accommodation Services - Male students' perspectives on affirmative consent for an inclusive campus environment - testing an evidence-based online intervention
  • Director, First Year Experience -  Enhancing first-year student's experiences: reflections and new directions seven years on.
  • Quality Advancement Unit - Support Services Re-design - Phase 1
  • Quality Advancement Unit - College Resident Survey Re-design