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Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence

Celebrating collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning.

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About CATE

The Advance HE Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE) celebrate collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning.

LTDS support applications to CATE, and work with the National Teaching Fellows/CATE winners in the University to promote their work and teaching excellence. Each institution can nominate one team to each round of the scheme.

2023 Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The call for 2023 CATE nominations is now open and the deadline for nominations is Friday 11 November 2022 at 12.00 noon.

Application to be an institutional nominee

Nominations will be considered at a panel meeting in November, chaired by the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education and consisting of current Newcastle NTF/CATE winners and members of the Learning and Teaching Development Service. All higher education providers are eligible to enter one team that can clearly demonstrate having an impact on teaching and learning through collaboration. Following this panel meeting the successful team will work with CATE mentors to develop their full claim submitted to Advance HE in March 2023.

Advance HE Criteria

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.

This may, for example, be demonstrated by providing evidence of: 

  • having a clear set of aims, objectives and rationale for the team’s approach and how the group constitutes a team and developed as a team;
  • demonstrating direct engagement of students within or with the team;
  • illustrating how the team has contributed to wider thematic and sector priorities, for example, assessment and feedback; retention, employability, staff development; students as partners; technology and social media;
  • working collaboratively with a range of stakeholder groups;
  • embedding practices across different programmes, disciplines, campuses or institutions;
  • being flexible and creative in working to address unanticipated situations or events;
  • measuring the impact or outcomes of collaborative work.

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.

This may, for example, be demonstrated by providing evidence of:

  • the reach of the team’s work;
  • the benefit or value derived from working as a team;
  • the impact of supporting colleagues and/or influencing support for student learning;
  • the impact on student learning or outcomes;
  • the impact of any outcomes/outputs of collaborative work.

Thinking about applying?

Find out what motivated some of our CATE winners to apply, what it meant to them to learn of their success, and what advice they would give colleagues thinking of applying.


2021 CATE Winners

Congratulations to Newcastle University's Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) Faculty PGCert in Research Training team, who have received the 2021 Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

This award recognises our exceptional colleagues who are committed to teaching, learning and student outcomes.

CATE Winner