Recognising Teaching Excellence

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Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Forthcoming Events

NTFs and CATE winners Annual Symposium April 27

NTF and CATE showcase event and launch of the 2022 internal selection process Tuesday 4th May 13:00-14:00, for Manchester Met staff

NTF/CATE information session Tuesday 11th May 13:00-14:00, for Manchester Met staff

The CATE award was introduced by the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE) in 2016 to reward teaching excellence at team level with institution- or discipline-wide impact on the staff and/or student experience.

'Spotlight Awards' were introduced in 2018 to highlight particular aspects of collaborative practice or the outcomes of collaborations that the broader HE sector can benefit from.

Please let UTA know if you intend to submit a CATE application in collaboration with another institution so that we can provide any support that may be needed.


CATE criteria

All teams will be assessed on the evidence provided in the nomination documents in relation to each of the two CATE award criteria:

CATE Criterion 1: Excellence in the team’s collaborative approach
Evidence of excellence in the team’s approach to working collaboratively, commensurate with their context and the opportunities afforded by it.

CATE Criterion 2: Excellence in the impact of collaborative working
Evidence of the team having a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning, including beyond their immediate academic or professional area. Reviewers will be looking for evidence of reach, value and impact to be demonstrated in the evidence within the narrative presented in Section B of the Claim. Please note that each of the two award criteria above is given equal consideration in the assessment process and weighted equally in the overall score.

Reach, Value and Impact

Reviewers will be looking for evidence that demonstrates the reach, value and impact of the nominated team’s practice. Teams should be mindful of this requirement and aim to provide evidence that demonstrates a balance of these three qualities across the claim.

Reach - The scale of influence. Though ‘geographic’ reach may be important for some nominees, it is useful to consider other ways that a nominee can demonstrate reach. Some nominees may demonstrate reach at a department/ faculty/ institution/ national/ global level, for example, but others might provide evidence of how their practice has reached different groups of students, individuals and/or organisations (e.g. postgraduates, commuter students, BAME students, online learners, etc.). Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2021 10

Value - The benefit derived for students and staff (which may take different forms). Value may include qualitative evidence such as a change in approach to learning among students or staff. For example, evidence may be provided about how the work being described has added value to the student learning experience or to teaching practice. Value may also relate to the quality of enhanced experiences and the meaningfulness of practices. Some nominees may also be working in settings where there are positive explicit ethical elements to their practice.

The focus here is on explicit evidence of positive change taking place. Impact evidence can be both quantitative and qualitative, but it is important to show how the activities described have changed teaching practice and/or learning outcomes.

How to apply for a CATE Award »


A recording of our 2020 NTF and CATE celebrations and the launch of the 2021 internal selection process that took place on the 21st of September 2021 with Prof. Helen Laville (PVC Education), Prof. Kevin Singh (NTF) and this year’s winners Dr Theresa Nicholson (NTF) and MetMUnch (CATE) represented by Jas Smith and Salma Miyan:


CATE 2020

The student-led social enterprise MetMUnch, based at Manchester Metropolitan University, has been awarded the prestigious Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence this year.

MetMUnch is a global award-winning, student-led social enterprise based at Manchester Metropolitan University, which was started back in 2011. At its heart is a passion for sustainable and nutritious food – and sharing that with students, staff, local businesses and communities. The MetMUnch Team run a whole range of sessions, from on-the-spot nutritional advice and running pop-up stalls, to cooking nutritious meals and leading fun, interactive activities.

The MetMUnch Team is diverse; made up of people from different cultures, different parts of the university, and different generations. Our team is multi-layered. The core Team consists of two members of staff – Haleh Moravej and Dean Brookes from the Environment Team – and our 10 student leaders from across the University. These leadership roles rotate – we recruit students from every faculty in their first year and, when they graduate, they continue to get involved in our events, as well as linking us to the companies and organisations they work for. Surrounding them is our Environment Team, who are core to what we do. Beyond them are various teams across the university we engage with, including MMU Sport, Widening Participation, HR, Facilities and Catering. As part of the wider Environment Team, we also work closely with colleagues responsible for travel, energy, recycling and student engagement.

MetMUnch offers a unique teaching, learning, and peer-to-peer enterprise model as well we an innovative, creative environment for student learning. It’s also a successful model of collaboration and knowledge exchange between Manchester Met Services, academics, students, community and industry. As a social enterprise, everyone in the MetMUnch Team is inspired to become active global citizens who find creative solutions to sustainability and social problems, whilst developing leadership, collaboration, resilience, commitment, determination and perseverance through allowing students to take responsibility for the direction of MetMUnch. This collaborative approach is producing enterprising, innovative graduates who will go on to make their mark on the world. Critically, the way the MetMUnch Team works is scalable and replicable with applications in academic, public and commercial arenas. And alongside all this, everyone in the MetMUnch Team receives Carbon Literacy training, which enhances knowledge and employability.


CATE 2018

Two teams including Manchester Metropolitan University staff were awarded the prestigious Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence by AdvanceHE this year: The Manchester Academy of Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) and Greater Manchester Synergy. Find out more about the 2018 winners