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Centre for Excellence in Education

Academic environments at NTNU that want to apply to NOKUT for status as a Centre for Excellence in Education (SFU) and others that are interested in education excellence can find information about the process for SFU 2016 and later processes on this page. Centres for Excellence in Education are a prestigious national scheme in higher education.

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SFU process 2019 #

15 February – Call for proposals #

Calls for proposals launched for Centres of Excellence in Higher Education (SFU) 2019.

Diku: Centers for excellence in education - call 2019

26 February – Project ideas #

Deadline for host faculties to inform the Rector of the project ideas they support. Format of the report: PDF file with Centre Information downloaded from Espresso.  The file must be submitted in Ephorte 2018/45788 with a copy to kirsti.ramberg@ntnu.no. When the host faculties submit project ideas, they confirm at the same time that they accept the financial commitments involved in being a host faculty for an SFU. 

See additional information under section 4: The budget that must be attached to the application. Diku award, Rector and faculty funding

28 February – Seminar on student involvment #

The applicant groups are invited to a seminar organized by the SFU Engage on the topic of Student involvement in SFUs. 

More information on the seminar (in Norwegian)

See Øystein Widding's powerpoint from the seminar: Engage studentengasjement (in Norwegian)

See student Vetle Slagsvold Øien's presentation: Costail for Engage (in Norwegian)

About 4 March - Oral presentation of project ideas #

Relevant applicant groups will receive details of the date and time.

The academic communities present their project ideas orally to the assessment committee. 

See additional information in section 2: Work methods of the assessment committee.

The members of the assessment committee will be announced on the wiki.

7 March – Application seminar #

Diku organizes a seminar for applicants at Flesland at Bergen. SFU søkerseminar 2019

About 20 March – Presentation of project outlines #

The academic communities present project outlines orally to the assessment committee. 
The academic communities submit project outlines to the committee before the meeting. 

See additional information in section 2: Work methods of the assessment committee.

About 10 April – Draft of the final proposal #

Relevant applicant groups will receive details of the date and time.

The academic communities present their draft of the final proposal to the assessment committee. 
The academic communities submit drafts of the final proposals before the meeting. 

See additional information in section 2: Work methods of the assessment committee.

About 12 April – Assessment committee's recommendation is ready #

Applicant groups and host faculties are informed orally of the assessment committee’s recommendation.

Updated information in the Norwegian version.

24 April – Assessment committee's meeting #

The committee's recommendation is being written. The recommendation should answer the following: Is the application of such high quality that it will assert itself in the national competition to become an SFU? If the answer is yes: Why? If the answer is no: Why not?

On behalf of the Rector, the Pro-Rector for Education will decide whether she supports the recommendation.

Thereafter, the applicant groups that the Rector has selected, will complete their applications. 

24 April – Host faculties submit a draft of the Rector's statement #

The host faculties for the proposals that the Rector has selected submit a draft of the Rector’s statement via Ephorte 2018/45788 with a copy to kirsti.ramberg@ntnu.no. The draft must be written in English.

Information about the statement that the applicant groups must attach to their applications: “Brief statements from the institutional leadership of the host institution and any consortium partners. The statements should express the centre’s institutional foundation and significance, as well as confirm the institutions’ committed own funding if the centre is awarded SFU status.”

24 April – Confirmation of financial commitments #

The faculties and any partners confirm that they accept the financial commitments involved in being a host faculty and partner for an SFU. Host faculties submit the confirmation via Ephorte 2018/45788 with a copy to kirsti.ramberg@ntnu.no 

A form has been designed for this purpose. (In Norwegian)  

26 April – Rector's statement #

Relevant faculties and applicant groups receive the Rector’s signed statement.

The Rector’s statement must be uploaded in Espresso and submitted to Diku together with the application.

By 29 April - Applications are submitted to Diku #

NTNU’s applicants submit their proposals to Diku in Espresso by 29 April. The host faculty submits the final proposal in Ephorte 2018/45788 as a combined PDF file with all the information submitted to Diku in Espresso.

29 April – Presentation in the University Education Committee (UU) #

The recommendation of NTNU's applications to SFU 2019 will be presented in the University Education Committee. In addition, process and decision are referred to, and comments and questions are welcome.

Work methods and members of the assessment committee #

Work methods of the assessment committee #

The applicant groups are invited to meet the assessment committee three times for up to one hour each time for what we call “development dialogues”. All oral presentations to the committee must follow point 4 of the call for proposals, Assessment criteria. 

The assessment committee only works with ideas/outlines/drafts for proposals that the faculties have approved.

In the first meeting, about 4 March, the applicant groups present project ideas. The committee provides oral feedback, but brief minutes of the meeting are written in keyword format.  The applicant groups inform the host faculties about the results of the meeting with the committee and, together with the host faculties, assess whether there is a basis for moving forward with the proposals.

In the second meeting, about 20 March, the applicant groups present project outlines. The committee provides oral feedback, but brief minutes of the meetings are written in keyword format.  The applicant groups inform the host faculties about the results of the meeting with the committee and, together with the host faculties, assess whether there is a basis for moving forward with the proposals. Before the meeting, the applicant groups send the project outlines to the committee via kirsti.ramberg@ntnu.no. The project outlines must be submitted as a PDF file with the Centre information, Centre proposal and Attachments that have been downloaded from Espresso. 

In the third meeting, about 10 April, the applicant groups present their draft of the final proposal. The committee provides oral feedback, but brief minutes of the meeting are written in keyword format.  The applicant groups inform the host faculties about the results of the meetings with the committee and, together with the host faculties, assess whether there is a basis for developing final proposals.

Before the third meeting, the applicant groups send drafts of the final proposals to the committee via kirsti.ramberg@ntnu.no. The drafts must be submitted as a PDF file with Centre information, Centre proposal and Appendices that have been downloaded from Espresso.  

The assessment committee will now be strengthened with two external members. 

After the third meeting, the assessment committee submits its recommendation to the Rector. The Rector then decides which applications NTNU will submit to Diku. 

Members of the assessment committee #

The committee's secretary: Senior Adviser Kirsti Rye Ramberg, Education Quality Division

Support services available to applicant groups for SFU 2019 #

Applicant groups are invited to contact the support services that have been arranged for SFU 2019 applicants.

See the attachment for additional information about how the Centre for Teaching and Learning (LS), NTNU DRIVE, Uniped and NTNU’s Multimedia Centre (MMS) can contribute.

Support service and individuals:

  • The Centre for Teaching and Learning (LS). Contact person Silje Belsvik Taftø silje.b.tafto@ntnu.no 
  • LS can also help applicant groups that do not know whom they should ask for help. The centre finds a solution or forwards the task to the relevant support unit.
  • NTNU DRIVE. Contact persons Inger Dagrun Langseth inger.langseth@ntnu.no and Dag Atle Lysne dag.atle.lysne@ntnu.no 
  • MMS. Contact person Andreas Aarlott andreas.aarlott@ntnu.no 
  • Uniped.  Kontaktperson Marte Bratseth Johansen marte.johansen@ntnu.no 
  • The Centre for Excellent IT Education (ExcITEd) through the Centre Director Guttorm Sindre guttorm.sindre@ntnu.no Sindre gives advice on how to write a good SFU application. 
  • PLUS. Kontaktperson Hilde Grimstad hilde.grimstad@ntnu.no PLUS primarily assists applicant groups from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH)
  • SEED. Contact person Reidar Lyng reidar.lyng@ntnu.no. SEED assists applicant groups from the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE), the Faculty of Engineering (IV) and the Faculty of Natural Sciences (NV), as well as applicant groups with applications related to the Master of Science in Engineering programme (sivilingeniørutdanningen) at the Faculty of Economics and Management (ØK) and the Faculty of Architecture and Design (AD).
  • Hans Georg Schaathun (recipient of award for teaching excellence) hasc@ntnu.no.  Contact person for applicant groups at NTNU Ålesund.
  • Rune Hjelsvold (recipient of award for teaching excellence) rune.hjelsvold@ntnu.no. Contact person for applicant groups at NTNU Gjøvik.
  • Heidi Brøseth (recipient of award for teaching excellence) heidi.broseth@ntnu.no. Contact person for applicant groups at the Faculty of Humanities (HF).
  • Brita Solveig Pukstad (recipient of award for teaching excellence) brita.pukstad@ntnu.no. Contact person for applicant groups at MH.
  • Questions about budgets and finances. Contact persons Lene Forberg lene.forberg@ntnu.no and local controllers at the faculties.
  • Legal questions, for example about consortium agreements. Contact address: juridisk@virksomhet.ntnu.no 
  • General questions. Contact Kirsti Rye Ramberg kirsti.ramberg@ntnu.no  

The budget that must be attached to the application. Diku award, Rector and faculty funding #

See the budget guidelines for SFU applications (in Norwegian) and the call for proposals.

It is possible to apply for NOK 4 - 8 million in top-up funding from Diku. The budget for the centre during the five-year period 2020-2024, including the justification of expenses, must be attached to applications for SFU status. 

In addition to the award from Diku, the faculties and the Rector will contribute financially. For example, for an award of NOK 4 million from Diku, the Rector will provide annual funding of NOK 1 million. Annual funding for a Diku award of NOK 8 million will be NOK 2 million. 

Diku does not specify detailed guidelines for minimum co-funding, but it is made clear that the Diku award is top-up funding, and that the host institution and any partners must contribute substantial co-funding. For the last call for proposals, this was interpreted as a minimum of 50% co-funding. Assuming total co-funding of 50%, the co-funding from the faculty and any partners will be NOK 3 million for a Diku award of NOK 4 million, and NOK 6 million for a Diku award of NOK 8 million. See the table below showing how funding from the Rector and the faculties is calculated. The principle is that funding from the Rector for an SFU should be the same as for an SFF in relative terms.

Examples of how funding is calculated (figures in 1000 kroner)

Funding from Diku 4000 8000
Cash allocation (10 % of Diku award)  400  800
Percentage of average SFF allocation (NOK 15 mill)  27 %  54 %
Proportional amount in relation to SFF amount of NOK 2.25 mill   600 1200
Support to SFU from NTNU centrally 1000 2000
Co-funding from faculty (for 50 % co-funding in total) 3000 6000
Total co-funding NTNU  4000 8000

The basis for calculating funding from the Rector is the principle that the Rector’s contribution should be the same for an SFU as for an SFF in relative terms. The amount of funding from the Rector is based on the size of the Diku award and calculated using the following two parameters: 

  • Cash grant: SFFs receive a cash grant of NOK 1.67 million per year per centre. On average, this amounts to about 10 per cent of the annual grant from the Research Council of Norway awarded to NTNU’s four current SFFs. The assumption is therefore that the Rector contributes an amount corresponding to 10 per cent of the annual award from Diku per SFU 
  • Positions: Today, each SFF has 2 PhD candidate positions and 1 Postdoctoral Fellow. In kroner, this amounts to about NOK 2.25 million annually per centre. Each SFU receives a percentage of this amount calculated on the proportion that the Diku award represents of an average SFF award. 

Applicant groups from NTNU that reach the SFU finals without achieving centre status will be able to apply for up to NOK 500 000 per year for a maximum of two years to strengthen their candidacy before the next call. A prerequisite for the award will be that, at a minimum, the faculties match the amount granted by the Rector. 

Funding calculation template (in Norwegian)

More information: Økonomi SFU-utlysning 2019 (in Norwegian)

Articles about the SFU initiative written or recommended by NOKUT  #

An academic community that is awarded SFU status must excel in the documented quality of its existing provision of education.  Tips for reading: Hvordan dokumentere kvalitet? En studie av hvordan ulike institusjoner og fagmiljøer dokumenterte fremragende kvalitet i SFU-søknader i 2013 [How can one document quality? A study of how various institutions and academic communities documented outstanding quality in SFU applications in 2013] (2016)

The SFUs have a particular responsibility for disseminating knowledge and practices to the wider education community, creating impact at the local, national and international levels. Tips for reading: Barriers to the dissemination of excellent teaching practice in Developing Educational Excellence in Higher Education. Lessons learned from the establishment and evaluation of the Norwegian Centres for Excellence in Education (SFU) initiative (2019). The same publication includes several articles worth reading.

See Nokut: utgreiing, evaluering og analyse for further useful publications.

SFU 2016  #

The SFU scheme received four new centres as of 1 November 2016:

ENgage and ExcITEd are from NTNU in cooperation with NORD University. The next announcement is expected as of 2019. Information of the process will be updated on this page.

NOKUT announced up to six new SFU in the spring of 2016. Academic environments could apply for NOK 8 million. 

NTNU's internal SFU process was discussed in the University Education Committee (UU) in December 2015. The UU has given its recommendations. Questions about the SFU process can be directed to Senior Adviser Kirsti Rye Ramberg from the Pro-Rector’s Education staff.

Contact #

NOKUT

Faculty of Architecture and Fine Art (AB), Head of Section Erik Sigvaldsen

Faculty of Humanities (HF), Head of Section Anne Marit Skancke

Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering (IME), Head of Section Vegard Rønning

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology (IVT), Head of Section Even Fossum Svendsen

Faculty of Medicine (DMF), Head of Section Tore Romundstad

The Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology (NT), Adviser Ida Johanne Ulseth

Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology Management (SVT), Head of Section Åse Berg

NTNU, previously HiST, Gunnar Bendheim, Director of Student and Academic Affairs

NTNU in Gjøvik, Division Director Gunn Marie Rognstad

NTNU in Ålesund, Marianne Vinje, Director of Academic Affairs

Pro-Rector Education staff, Senior Adviser Kirsti Rye Ramberg

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