Regional Hub Project Funding
Information about Ako Aotearoa's Regional Hub Project Fund and applying for funding in 2014.
Use the links below to find further information.
- About the RHPF
- Goals and objectives
- What we look for in proposals
- Who can apply?
- Completed projects funded through the RHPF
- Guidelines and policy
- Support for applicants
- Application documents
- Reporting templates for successful applicants
- Frequently asked questions
The RHPF scheme supports exploratory or regionally focused projects that seek to enhance the outcomes for learners in the tertiary education. The scheme focuses on projects that provide examples of good practice; identify critical success factors and develop evidence-based; action-oriented suggestions for enhancing the effectiveness of tertiary teaching and learning practices, that will lead to evidence-based change in teaching and learning practice for the benefit of learners.
- The RHPF operates on a co-funding basis with organisations contributing a minimum of 50% of the funding in dollars or in kind. The maximum contribution from Ako Aotearoa will normally be $10,000.
- The overarching aim of our funding is to support strategic initiatives that enhance teaching and learning with a strong emphasis on measuring and demonstrating learner benefit.
- Download a flyer which provides information about applying to the RHPF. (3.45 MB PDF)
- Download Ako Aotearoa Funding Information Session 2015 powerpoint presentation(3.96MB PPTX).
The goals in priority order are to:
- enhance educational outcomes for learners
- contribute to the development of a more coherent knowledge base of effective tertiary teaching and learning in Aotearoa-New Zealand
- promote collaboration across and within different parts of the tertiary education sector
- build research capability and capacity.
Our commitment to the RHPF being a change fund, not a research fund per se.
1. Learner benefit to be an explicit focus of each project, with a clear process in place to understand the immediate and longer term benefits to learners.
Learner benefit has always been a focus of the RHPF, but we have learnt through our impact evaluation process that for change to be sustainable, learner benefit needs to be at the forefront of each project. Furthermore, for organisations to make gains it needs to be clear what these benefits are, when they will be seen, and how you will know if they have been achieved.
2. Organisations contributing financially to each project, either in dollars or in kind at a minimum dollar to dollar match to our funding.
To achieve long term change, the outcomes need to be of benefit to the organisations that participate in these projects. Projects then, need to strategically align with organisational goals and imperatives. It is our view that this then becomes a partnership where the organisation invests in the project for their gain, and our contribution is to extend the work beyond what would be achievable with internal funding, and to share the learnings of the project with the broader sector.
3. Organisations to commit to, and demonstrate how they will act on the findings and/or outcomes of their projects.
The success of many projects depends on the willingness of organisations to implement change as a result of what is learnt. We are looking for a commitment from organisations to engage with, and act on project findings.
4. All funded projects will be included in our Impact Evaluation Process.
This is a process that formally supports project teams to explore the impact their projects have had on themselves and their practice, learners, and organisations. It is a support mechanism to help project teams maximise the impact of their work and is part of our commitment to working in partnership with the sector.
Individuals or groups from any part of the New Zealand tertiary education sector can apply to the RHPF. Cross-organisational collaborations are encouraged.
- Click here to find a list of completed Northern Hub funded projects with links to reports and other project outputs.
- Click here to find a list of completed Central Hub funded projects with links to reports and other project outputs.
- Click here to find a list of completed Southern Hub funded projects with links to reports and other project outputs.
- The publication: Creating sustainable change to improve outcomes for learners: A framework for thinking about projects in tertiary education (Alkema, 2012), provides information that will help applicants frame their proposals.
- Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their ideas with their Regional Hub Manager at an early stage in their thinking. Regional managers will assist in the development of applications as required.
- Frequently asked questions – visit this page to find more information about the process and conditions around applying for funding.
- Guidelines for applicants (154 KB PDF)
- Proposal application form (190 KB DOCX)
- Project proposal assessment form (70 KB DOC)