Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Group of five people at a gathering from Lord Ashcroft International Business School

We support teams to develop proposals for the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

The Higher Education Academy established a new team-based award scheme, the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE), funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland.

The Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognise that positive student experience depends on the innovation and creativity of the whole team. CATE was piloted and the Student Engagement Team from our Lord Ashcroft International Business School made it on to the first shortlist. They received their certificate from the Higher Education Academy the following year.

Student Engagement Team from Lord Ashcroft International Business School (LAIBS) receiving their certificate for being a Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence finalist

Awards criteria

The criteria for the awards are as follows:

  • 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 beyond their immediate academic or professional area.

Key dates 2021/22

  • 15 October 2021 – distribution of Call for Expressions of Interest by AL&T.*
  • 15 November 2021 (12 noon) – return of candidate’s Expression of Interest.
  • 17 November 2021 – prospective candidates notified of this year’s selection decisions.
  • 22 November 2021 – initial meeting with institutional mentor for teaching excellence for selected team.
  • 24 February 2022 – final submission completed and returned to AL&T by the nominated team ready for signing and submission to AdvanceHE.

*Please contact Anglia Learning & Teaching to request an Expression of Interest form. Email alt@aru.ac.uk.