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Starting a community

Applying or registering

If you already have a proposal in mind and have agreed the members of your community and would like to request funding for your community, fill in the application form. (You will need to be logged into your staff google account to access the form).

Even if you don’t require funding for your community we would still like you to formally establish your community through the CTI so we can build a full picture of communities emerging around the University and so that you can join in and benefit from being part of this forum of communities. If you already have a proposal in mind and have agreed the members of your community but are not seeking funding, fill in the application form giving us some details about your community.

Potential communities are strongly encouraged to read the Westminster Learning Communities Guidance before proceeding with their registration or application.

All registered communities – funded and unfunded – will be provided a dedicated area on the Communities page to share their outputs and host discussion forums.

There will be funding available in 2018/19 for communities whose applications are successful. The amount of funding available will depend on the number of successful applications. Applications will be considered by a panel and there will be rolling application rounds. Keep an eye on these pages for more information about the next deadline for submission of application forms.

Funding will be available for one year at a time. If you would like to apply for further funding, fill in the funding renewal form.

Generating ideas and finding members

If you would like to start a community and are looking for members, place a call on the Marketplace.

If you would like to join a community, check out the Communities page for more information of the communities currently running. Or you can visit the Marketplace where you can find calls from colleagues who wish to start a community and are seeking members.

From time to time the Centre for Teaching Innovation will also issue a call for a community to be established around a particular theme or responding to a particular priority emerging at the University – keep an eye on the Marketplace for more information.

Events will also be held for colleagues to come together and identify, collectively, areas which would benefit from further exploration by a learning community.

Download this document (in PDF format) for detailed guidance on the establishment and management of learning communities

Advice and guidance

If you would like to discuss your registration or application further, attend a WLCs surgery – keep an eye on the website for further details of the next event. Or, you can contact centreforteachinginnovation@westminster.ac.uk. Training will also be made available for community facilitators. (It will be mandatory for facilitators of funded communities to have undertaken community facilitator training).