The CATE scheme is open to all Higher Education Providers (HEPs) across the four nations of the UK, including Further Education Colleges and independent ‘alternative’ providers. Each UK HEP is invited to nominate one team that can clearly demonstrate having an impact on teaching and learning through collaboration.
In order to participate in CATE, institutions must be Advance HE Full or Affiliate members and based in the UK; participation in the scheme is a benefit of membership, i.e. no additional fee is due for participation. Advance HE expects institutions to ensure that their processes for selecting a team to nominate do not discriminate against individuals on the grounds of equality and diversity and are inclusive to the variety of ways in which staff and students contribute to learning and teaching, considering the full diversity of their staff and student body.
Nominations for 2021 are now closed
The purpose of the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) is to recognise and celebrate collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. Introduced in 2016, the scheme highlights the key role that teamwork plays in higher education. Each award will recognise a team which has enabled a change in practice for colleagues and/or students at an institutional or discipline level. There is no limit on the size of the team. Successful nominees will be officially announced on Thursday 5th August 2021.
The CATE Collection: Together in Collaborative Educational Leadership
We are delighted to announce that a publication focusing on the experience and expertise of the CATE community will be published via Advance HE in Autumn 2021.
In-keeping with the collaborative nature of CATE, we are looking for contributions to this publication from previous CATE winners – these contributions will take the form of a chapter of between 3,000-5,000 words. A total of six contributor chapters will be published.
If you are interested in contributing to this publication please see below document for proposal criteria, deadlines and further details of the publication.
Benefits of winning a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence
Gaining a CATE has a number of benefits for both individuals and their institutions.
|Benefits to teams||Benefits to institutions|
|Provides teams with national recognition and profile of their collaborative work in learning and teaching within higher education.||Offers an extension to university wide team-based recognition schemes, as a means to raise the status of learning and teaching.|
|The award can help ‘open doors’ to new collaborative or career opportunities.||Showcases the institution’s support of collaborative approaches to developing teaching excellence and the impact on learning and teaching.|
|Join a national community of like-minded professionals who are passionate about collaborative approaches to teaching excellence.||Enables staff to collaborate and network with colleagues across disciplines, themes, institutions, nations and countries.|
Prof Mark O’Hara, CATE-Net Co-ordinator, facilitated four webinars – three (repeated on different dates) that focused on helping those applying for CATE in the 2020/21 academic year, and one that focused on helping those thinking of applying further in the future. Details of these CATE webinars are as follows:
“Planning for CATE in 2022 and beyond”
The collaborative nature of CATE means that many successful bids are centred on projects that have been years in the making. This workshop is aimed at those who are thinking long-term about how to advance a collaborative endeavour in their institution over time to the point at which a bid for CATE would be within reach. The themes covered will include, spotting potential, nurturing and investing and building a collaborative culture.
“Applying for CATE in 2020/21”
These briefings introduced the nature of the Award and its associated professional and institutional benefits to help those planning to submit a claim for CATE in the 2020-21 cycle to understand the process and timelines. The briefings also offered practical suggestions and advice from previous CATE winners.
Date: 7th October 2020
Date: 11th November 2020
Date: 1st December 2020
Date: 27th January 2021
Each team has demonstrated evidence that their collaborative work has had a demonstrable impact upon teaching and learning.
This could be impact on colleagues and/or students at an institutional or discipline level.
If you would like to gain some inspiration and find out more about past winners review the full directory below.