The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognises and celebrates collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. Each award will recognise a team which has enabled a change in practice for colleagues and/or students at an institutional or discipline level.
In order to participate in CATE, institutions must be Advance HE UK Full or Affiliate members.
Institutional nominations are made via the Advance HE VLE. If you are a UK Advance HE member institution (Full or Affiliate member) and have not received details of the nomination process, please contact the Awards team for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nominations for 2023 are now closed.
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 (CATE).
Introduction to CATE
Dr Holly Earl provides an overview of the application process for the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence to help potential nominees develop their claims
CATE Criterion One
Overview of CATE Criterion One: tips and advice for potential nominees on how to evidence excellence in their collaborative approach when completing their claim.
CATE Criterion Two
Overview of CATE Criterion Two: tips and advice for nominees on how to effectively provide evidence of the impact of the team’s collaborative approach on teaching and learning when completing their claim.
The CATE Collection: Together in Collaborative Educational Leadership
With rich contributions from past CATE winners, this 2021 publication examines the what, why, how and who of the CATE in order to inspire aspiring CATE Teams planning their nominations as well as everyone interested in collaborative ways of working in higher education.
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.|
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.
CATE Nominations resources 2023
CATE Nominations resources provide detailed guidelines for the nomination process and for the preparation and submission of nomination documents for the 2023 CATE award round.
Resources - English versions
Resources - Welsh versions
For further resources, please contact the Teaching Excellence Awards Lead (TEAL) at your Institute or contact (email@example.com).
Facilitated by CATE-Net Lead, Professor Mark O’Hara and the Advance HE Awards Team, the first two webinars will be identical and offer an overview of the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) and guidance on the application process for those interested in applying in 2023. The sessions will include a brief introduction to CATE and an overview of the professional and institutional benefits. The CATE application process will be outlined and there will be practical guidance and suggestions from previous CATE winners, plus time for questions and answers. The third roadshow will look forward to nominations in 2023 and beyond.
Each webinar is free and open to Advance HE UK Members.
Webinar one: Applying for CATE in 2022-2023
Webinar two: Applying for CATE in 2022-2023
Webinar three: To 2024 and beyond