School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

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Top honour for School of Maths, Stats, and Physics E-Learning Unit

The E-Learning Unit in the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics Development Team has won the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE). These awards recognise collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning, highlights the key role of teamwork in higher education.  

The E-Learning Unit was praised by the judges for promoting the use of technology to support the teaching and learning of mathematics in the School, University and wider community through a number of collaborative initiatives and innovations. 

Dr Chris Graham (pictured first from right), Director of E-Learning, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics, leads the team. 

He said: "We are absolutely delighted to receive the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, recognising our E-Learning Unit's contribution to our School, institution and wider community, in enhancing the teaching and learning of mathematics, with initiatives such as the Numbas e-assessment software. 

“The award celebrates our collaborative approach to establishing Numbas as a tool used here at Newcastle by over 3,000 students each year in Schools across all three faculties, and at our Malaysia and London campuses. And recognises our role worldwide, with several key international partnerships, a role in high profile national projects in primary and secondary education, and over 2,000 teachers worldwide using our assessment software. 

“We are very grateful to colleagues in Schools across the University who have worked with us, and particularly to everyone that supported us with our CATE nomination. We look forward to building on this success with new projects and collaborations!" 

This award follows shortly after the University’s success in gaining the ‘Best Summative Assessment Award’ at the International e-Assessment Awards 2020 for its Digital Exams Service, which also recognised the University’s achievements in online assessment.

This success comes as part of Newcastle University's recent wider recognition for excellence in teaching.


The E-Learning Unit in the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics Development Team

published on: 7 August 2020