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2020 NTF Earle Abrahamson: 'Teaching excellence is about creating and inspiring learners'

19 Oct 2021 | Advance HE As we open nominations for the 2022 NTFS and CATE awards, we spoke to the University of East London's Earle Abrahamson about what his award means to him and his advice for future nominees.

Nominations for the 2022 National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) awards are now open. We invited past winner Earle Abrahamson from the University of East London to discuss his award, what it means to him and his thoughts on what teaching excellence means in practice.

He said: "In real terms it's about creating and inspiring a group or community of practice, and not only to achieve it but to maintain it. It's about what we can do to transform and shape the future. I also think it needs to be about a multi-level process rather than simply a product."

He also gave some advice to future award nominees, encouraging people to 'just do it', but also don't be disheartened if you are not successful first time around as the 'process of failure is an equally important part of the journey. Timing is important'. Watch the full interview with Earle below:

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Nominations for 2021-22 NTFS and CATE are now open

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) showcase the outstanding impact of individuals and teams who teach or support learning in UK higher education, recognising their success and providing a platform to share the learning from their practice. Advance HE member institutions benefit from free access to these awards.

Download your 2021-22 NTFS nomination pack.

Download your 2021-22 CATE nomination pack.

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