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NTFS 2022

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

Celebrating outstanding collaborative impact The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. Introduced in 2016, the scheme highlights the key role of teamwork in higher education.

The CATE scheme is open to all Higher Education Providers (HEPs) who are members of Advance HE, 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.

2021 CATE Winners

Meet the 2021 CATE winners.

View winner profiles

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 looked for contributions to this publication from previous CATE winners.  A total of six contributor chapters will be published.

Insight into the award criteria video series

We have created a set of videos to guide you through the award criteria for the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.

See the videos

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.

Past winners

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.

View the directory of winners

CATE Roadshows

Facilitated by CATE-Net Lead, Professor Mark O’Hara and Advance HE Fellowship and Awards Adviser, Dr Holly Earl each webinar will offer an overview of the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) and guidance on the application process for those interested in applying. The sessions will include a brief introduction to CATE and an overview of the professional and institutional benefits. The CATE 2021-22 application process will be outlined and there will be practical guidance and suggestions from previous CATE winners, plus time for question and answers.

All colleagues at Advance HE UK member institutions can attend these webinars free of charge; please share this webpage with your colleagues.

Each CATE webinar will be repeated on the following dates:

Wednesday 8 December 2021, 11:00-12:00 GMTBook your place here.

Tuesday 11 January 2022, 12:00-13:00 GMT. Book your place here.