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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. Applicants are asked to articulate the reach, value and impact of the work being presented and to indicate the evidence they would draw on to support the claims made.

Contextual Statement


(250 words maximum)

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 maximum) 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.

Criterion 2 Excellence in the impact of collaborative working

(250 words maximum) 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.

 Applicants should refer to the CATE Expression of Interest Scheme: Guidance for Applicants when completing their application. They may also wish to refer to the CATE - Insight into the award criteria  video series created by Advance HE.

Applicants should avoid including links, logos and pictures within their application. Diagrams are permitted (any text should be included in the word count for the relevant section).

Scheme requirements and additional information

Please include only the core team in your application (defined by Advance HE to normally comprise between 3 and 15 key members). 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 and/or external members working within industry or a partner institution.

Each team should demonstrate direct engagement with higher education students. Although there is no requirement for students to be members of the core team, a team should clearly demonstrate how students are directly engaged in their work. Any student member of the team can be studying or in a representative role.

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.

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 dates

 Expression of Interest scheme opens: This scheme is currently closed.

 Closing date for applications: This scheme is currently closed.

 Applicants will normally receive the Selection Panel's decision and feedback (usually via email) within four working weeks of the closing date.

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

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

The application form will appear here when the scheme opens.

Applicants must convert the completed application into one .pdf file and submit this electronically to Martin Wise ( by 17:00 on the day of the submission deadline.




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