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Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence – University of Reading

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Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

Advance HE runs the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) scheme, a scheme that recognises and celebrates collaborative work across the country that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning.

Introduced in 2016, the scheme highlights the key role of teamwork in higher education. It aims to raise the status of learning and teaching, provide teams with national recognition and profile of their collaborative work, and provide an extension to institutional team-based recognition schemes. Each year up to 15 teams receive a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence. On gaining an award, CATE winners join a national community of like-minded professionals who share their passion for collaborative approaches to teaching excellence. Each CATE team member has a role to play in becoming an ambassador of the scheme and supporting the ongoing enhancement of learning and teaching.

Each year, UK higher education providers are invited to nominate one team of staff that can clearly demonstrate having an impact upon teaching and learning at an institutional or discipline level.


Read more about the University's CATE nominee selection process.

Further information

For more information on the CATE visit the Advance HE website.



AdvanceHE, in collaboration with the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF) and the CATE Winners' Network (CATE-Net) are arranging for monthly 'virtual roadshow' webinars to support those interested in applying for these prestigious teaching excellence awards. You can sign up to any of these events via the relevant booking links below.

"Applying for CATE in 2020/21"

If you are planning to submit a claim for CATE in the 2020-21 cycle these briefings will introduce you to the nature of the Award and its associated professional and institutional benefits. It will help you to understand the process and timelines and will offer practical suggestions and advice from previous CATE winners.

Date: 7th October, 1-2.30pm

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Date: 11th November, 1-2.30pm

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Date: 1st December, 12-1.30pm

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"Planning for CATE in 2022 and beyond"

The collaborative nature of CATE means that many successful bids are centred on projects that have been years in the making. This workshop is aimed at those who are thinking long-term about how to advance a collaborative endeavour in their institution over time to the point at which a bid for CATE would be within reach. The themes covered will include, spotting potential, nurturing and investing and building a collaborative culture.

Date: 27th January 2021, 10am-12pm

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