Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE), recognises and rewards collaborative team work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning in higher education. The team must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Evidence of excellence in terms of the team’s collaborative approach commensurate with the team’s context and opportunities afforded by it.
  • Evidence of excellence in the impact of their collaborative work on teaching and learning, including beyond their immediate academic or professional area.

The initiative is led by Advance HE and managed by the Centre for Academic Development. The University nominates one team per competition round. Usually, it takes several years of planning, evidence collecting and professional development to devise the application. So, it is never too early to discuss how to get started!

Timeline for 2021-22

  • CATE Workshop: 13.00-14.00 Wednesday 3rd November 2021
  • Intent to submit from teams: Friday 5th November 2021
  • Initial draft application to University NTFS/CATE Panel: Monday 6th December 2021
  • Feedback from Pre-Panel: Friday 17th December 2021
  • Redrafted application deadline: Thursday 20th January 2022:
  • Feedback from Selection Panel to applicants and the one short listed team selected: Friday 4th February 2022
  • Final submission to CAD for institutional support statement: Thursday 24th February 2022
  • Final submission to Advance HE by CAD: early March 2022

The 2021 CATE Award-Winning TQFE/BAPD Team


The University’s School of Education TQFE/BAPD team, which delivers the Teaching Qualification for Further Education (TQFE) and BA (Professional Development) qualifications, has won the  prestigious, national 2021 AdvanceHE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Other Resources

The webinar, ‘CATE - the basics and the benefits’, was aimed at staff aspiring to achieve a CATE award and who would like to understand the steps needed to submit a future CATE application. Please see the PowerPoint slides from the session delivered by Professor Bob Gilmour, Glasgow Caledonian University in July 2020.

The Advance HE Teaching Excellence Award Lead is Dr Joy Perkins, Centre for Academic Development (