Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) was introduced in 2016 to complement the longstanding National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) that recognises individual excellence.

The CATE recognises that team/collaborative teaching and working are important to many aspects of our work. The new award celebrates collaborative learning and teaching initiatives that impact positively on the student experience in creative and innovative ways.

Each University can enter one team/collaboration a year.

Any team/collaboration can apply. Teams, supported by their institutions, submit an application to the HEA (one application per institution). The HEA invites applicants to write a claim that outlines the focus of and rationale for their team work/collaboration and to explain why it was the team work/collaboration that enabled the success of its outputs/creative problem-solving. Applicants also submit two forms of evidence that support their claims of impact and effectiveness. These should demonstrate how the collaborative work has impacted on student learning at an institutional/discipline level.

15 Institutions are announced as finalists and, of these, six will be awarded funding prizes. Winners are expected to use their award money to disseminate their excellent practice and to demonstrate how their work has/can impact on the sector.


The CATE encourages the sector to make visible and recognise the valuable contribution that team and collaborative working makes to the student learning experience. Winning a CATE is powerful recognition of individual excellence. It is a widely understood scheme that reflects positively both on the winners and the University they work for.

The application process uses the CATE criteria and can be a useful way to start writing about your practice and its impact.


The first step is to let us know you are interested in the Scheme. Building the evidence for a claim can take a couple of years – so let us help you early on to think about the focus of your evolving claim. You can also make a submission to the annual USW STARS awards.

Working with your Head of Learning Teaching & Student Experience (HOLTSE) / Head of Learning and Teaching/ Head of Support Service etc, CELT will run workshops and writing retreats and offer 1:1 support to help you build your claim.

The NTFS/CATE preparation is a powerful CPD activity: you don’t have to submit a NTFS/CATE claim but can use the claim-building process towards a PFHEA and/or Professorial application.



To register your interest, contact celt@southwales.ac.uk and also speak to your HOLTSE.