Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) celebrates collaborative work in teaching and learning and captures the creative and innovative practice that positively impacts on the student experience. Each award will recognise a team which has enabled a change in practice for colleagues and/or students at an institutional or discipline level.

The awards were piloted in 2016 by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) alongside the well-established National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS). The CATE award carries significant prestige and successful teams are expected to engage in the dissemination of their practice both institutionally and across the sector. A case is made for excellence focussed on eight criteria:

  1. A clear set of aim(s), objectives and rationale for the team’s approach
  2. Demonstration of how the team, presented in the application, works collaboratively and how collaborative working has been an advantage
  3. Demonstration of how the team, presented in the application, constitutes a team and developed as a team
  4. Demonstration of direct involvement of students with the team
  5. Illustration of how the team has addressed a thematic issue: assessment and feedback; retention, employability, staff development; students as partners; technology and social media
  6. Demonstration of creative solutions to a challenge, situation, problem
  7. Provision of detailed comment on the impact of the outcomes/outputs of the collaborative work
  8. Demonstration of how the collaborative work has enhanced student learning

Applying for CATE:
This year we invite teams interested in being selected by the University to submit for a CATE Award, to make an initial expression of interest.

With reference to the above criteria, your Expression of Interest Form should be submitted to talent@shu.ac.uk by 12 noon Monday 2 October 2017.

Further advice and guidance will be provided at a CATE workshop:

    • 5 September 2017 – 09:30 – 11:00 – City

Or a drop-in clinic:

    • 5 September – 14:00 – 15:00 – City

Please contact talent@shu.ac.uk to book a place on a workshop.

Full details of the scheme can be found at the HEA Website