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Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

Celebrating outstanding collaborative impact The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. Introduced in 2016, the scheme highlights the key role of teamwork in higher education.

The CATE scheme is open to all Higher Education Providers (HEPs) who are members of Advance HE, across the four nations of the UK, including Further Education Colleges and independent ‘alternative’ providers. Each UK HEP is invited to nominate one team that can clearly demonstrate having an impact on teaching and learning through collaboration.

In order to participate in CATE, institutions must be Advance HE Full or Affiliate members and based in the UK; participation in the scheme is a benefit of membership, i.e. no additional fee is due for participation. Advance HE expects institutions to ensure that their processes for selecting a team to nominate do not discriminate against individuals on the grounds of equality and diversity and are inclusive to the variety of ways in which staff and students contribute to learning and teaching, considering the full diversity of their staff and student body.

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) nominations for 2022 are now closed.

Nominations for 2023 will open in October 2022. 

2022 CATE Winners

Meet the 2022 CATE winners.

View winner profiles

The CATE Collection: Together in Collaborative Educational Leadership

With rich contributions from past CATE winners, this 2021 publication examines the what, why, how and who of the CATE in order to inspire aspiring CATE Teams planning their nominations as well as everyone interested in collaborative ways of working in higher education.

Find out more

Insight into the award criteria video series

We have created a set of videos to guide you through the award criteria for the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.

See the videos

Benefits of winning a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

Gaining a CATE has a number of benefits for both individuals and their institutions.

Benefits to teams Benefits to institutions
Provides teams with national recognition and profile of their collaborative work in learning and teaching within higher education. Offers an extension to university wide team-based recognition schemes, as a means to raise the status of learning and teaching.
The award can help ‘open doors’ to new collaborative or career opportunities. Showcases the institution’s support of collaborative approaches to developing teaching excellence and the impact on learning and teaching.
Join a national community of like-minded professionals who are passionate about collaborative approaches to teaching excellence. Enables staff to collaborate and network with colleagues across disciplines, themes, institutions, nations and countries.

Past winners

Each team has demonstrated evidence that their collaborative work has had a demonstrable impact upon teaching and learning.

This could be impact on colleagues and/or students at an institutional or discipline level.

If you would like to gain some inspiration and find out more about past winners review the full directory below.

View the directory of winners