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Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Do you demonstrate collaborative values in your teaching and share that with others? Could your team be a future Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) winner?

The CATE scheme is an external award administered by Advance HE. The University can nominate one team each year that can clearly demonstrate having an impact on teaching and learning through collaboration. The scheme is co-ordinated internally by the Institute of Teaching and Learning (ITL) and Teaching and Learning Group (TLG). The University also provides significant support for potential nominees.

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.

All teams will be assessed on the evidence provided in the nomination documents in relation to each of the two CATE award criteria:

  • Criterion 1: Excellence in the team’s collaborative approach Evidence of excellence in the team’s approach to working collaboratively, commensurate with their context and the opportunities afforded by it.
  • Criterion 2: Excellence in the impact of collaborative working Evidence of the team having a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning, including beyond their immediate academic or professional area. Reviewers will be looking for evidence of reach, value and impact to be demonstrated in the evidence within the narrative presented.

Reach, Value and Impact are defined by AdvanceHE as:

  • Reach: The scale of influence
  • Value: The benefit derived for staff and students
  • Impact: The difference made to policy, practice and/ or student outcomes as a result of an activity.

If you are considering nomination for an CATE award in the next three years, please consider applying to join us for our Pipeline Programme - a series of interactive workshops exploring the award criteria and process, starting in Spring 2024.

For further details about the CATE Scheme and institutional support available please contact Patricia Clift Martin.