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The CATE Collection: Together in Collaborative Educational Leadership

31 Mar 2021 | Call for papers from Dr Nicola Watchman Smith, Head of Teaching Excellence Awards at Advance HE, on behalf of the CATE Collection Editorial Team.

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. This publication will be titled: The CATE Collection: Together in Collaborative Educational Leadership.

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 either a chapter of between 3,000-5,000 words or a case study. A total of six contributor chapters will be published.

Case studies will be used within a wider editorial piece on the theme of ‘Ingredients for CATE success’. As such, your case study proposals should focus on application preparation top tips and/or critical reflections on successful and unsuccessful applications (i.e. an “If at first you don’t succeed…”-style narrative). We anticipate that case studies will be approx. 500 words in length and the editorial team will work with the CATE-Net community to weave your case studies into a collaborative patchwork article to include a range of CATE voices. The editorial team may choose to take extracts from the wider 500-word case studies that we receive to create this editorial piece.

If you are interested in contributing to this publication please see below for proposal criteria, deadlines and further details of the publication.

Nicola Watchman Smith


Proposals of approx. 250 words plus a brief bio should be sent before the deadline of Friday 30 April 2021. Please mark your emails FAO of Dr. Nicola Watchman Smith. Please state if your proposal is for a chapter or a case study.

Please include within your proposal a brief list of key words to indicate the theme of your chapter/case study and a working title for your chapter/case study.

While chapters/case studies may be solo authored, we encourage proposals for co-authored pieces including student contributions/ student voice. Contributors must be previous CATE winners.

Timeframes for publication
  • Call for papers opens: Wednesday 31 March 2021
  • Deadline for proposals: Friday 30 April 2021
  • Deadline for chapter/ case study submission: Friday 16 July 2021
  • Anticipated publication date: w/b 4th October 2021.
Publication overview

Editors: Debbie Tolson, Nicola Watchman Smith, Dawne Irving-Bell, Miles Weaver.

Purpose: A resource for all involved in higher and further education, who have a passion for innovation in learning and teaching that is evidence-informed, proven in practice and collaboratively shaped. The resource examines the what, why, how and who of the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, known as CATE.

The authors are award winning academic and student CATE champions from across the UK. They are passionate leaders and change agents with inspiring stories to share.

This publication will be a living and evolving resource; a story of what the CATE teams did and what they are doing now. It is about the things that go right and the disappointments - an emotionally intelligent tale with a ‘can do’ spirit, written for and by collaborative educational innovators.

Intended audience: Advance HE members, the CATE community, aspiring CATE applicants, student leaders/reps, HE senior leaders/managers.

Publication cycle: annually, Autumn 2021 onwards.

Contributor chapter word count: 3,000-5,000 words each

Case studies word count: 500 words each, to sit within editorial piece (2,000-3,000 words)

Number of contributor chapters: Six

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.

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