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CATE Expression of Interest Scheme – University of Reading

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CATE Expression of Interest Scheme

Selection  PROCESS

The University selects its nominee for the CATE scheme in the following way:

A call is made for self-nominations to be submitted to the Centre for Quality Support and Development (CQSD) using the Expression of Interest form (see below).

The CATE Selection Panel selects one team to go forward into the CATE scheme. The nominated team is selected according to the extent to which their application meets the scheme criteria.

The CATE Selection Panel comprises:

  • Two Reading National Teaching Fellows or University Teaching Fellows, one of whom will act as Chair
  • A CQSD representative
  • RUSU Education Officer

The CATE Selection Panel reserves the right to consider potential candidates not otherwise nominated through the Expression of Interest route.

Following the selection process, the University's nominated team will be allocated an appropriate mentor to support them in drafting their application to Advance HE.


Expression of Interest Scheme criteria and guidance

The application focusses on two criteria, which align with those of Advance HE's CATE Scheme, and a contextual statement which will be considered by the Selection Panel as part of the application.


Contextual Statement


(250 words)

Outline the context, setting, field and/or area of work within which the team is operating. Explain the team's composition and the role(s) and responsibilities within the team, and briefly outline the nature of the team's teaching and learning practice (e.g. types of learners, discipline(s)/specialist area(s), scope and scale of practice undertaken by the team).

Criterion 1 Excellence in the team's collaborative approach

(250 words) Evidence of excellence in the team's approach to working collaboratively, commensurate with their context and the opportunities afforded by it.

Outline the team's approach to, and the value of, working collaboratively, and planning for reach and impact. Evidence might include:

  • 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;
  • 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;
  • processes in place for measuring the impact or outcomes of collaborative work.
Criterion 2 Excellence in the impact of collaborative working

(250 words) Evidence of the team having a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning, including beyond their immediate academic or professional area.

Demonstrate the reach and impact of the team's work and its value including beyond the team's initial context. This could be demonstrated by providing evidence of, for example:

  • the reach of the team's work;
  • the wider value that has resulted 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.


Scheme requirements and additional information

There is no limit on the size of a team. Team members can be in any role that contributes to the enhancement of teaching and learning, and may include colleagues working at a branch campus. Student members of the team are actively encouraged, and can be studying or in a representative role.

Although there is no requirement for students to be members of the team, teams should demonstrate direct engagement with students in their work and are encouraged to ensure that the student voice is made explicit within their application.

The team leader must not have an active application for the National Teaching Fellowship scheme running at the same time as an application for CATE.

Staff team members must be a Fellow (any category) of the Higher Education Academy or be working towards Fellowship. Please refer to the Guidance for Staff on the HESA Codes for Teaching Qualifications.

Team leaders are asked to confirm that they have consulted their Teaching and Learning Dean regarding their application and that their Head of School/Service is supportive of their application. They are therefore expected to have discussed the application with them prior to submitting it.

Successful CATE winners are expected to work with CQSD to provide some mentoring support for future applicants.


Application Form

The application form is in a Word format and can be accessed either on campus or off campus using VPN.

If you experience any difficulties completing the application form please contact Martin Wise

CATE EoI application form 2020-2021

Applicants must convert the completed application into one .pdf file and submit this electronically to Martin Wise ( by 5pm on the day of the submission deadline.

  Application dates

 Expression of Interest scheme opens: Monday 26th October 2020

 Closing date for applications: 17:00 Monday 7th December 2020

 Applicants will normally receive the Selection Panel's decision and feedback (usually via email) within four working weeks of the closing date (this takes into account the Christmas closure period).

 If you have any queries or require further information on the University's CATE nominee selection process please contact


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