Award Winners

Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence

Lancaster University Guidance

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) aims to celebrate collaborative work in teaching and learning and look to capture the creative and innovative practice that positively impacts on the student experience. Only one nomination per institution is permitted.

Our LU Learning Development team won this accolade in 2022.

  • 18th October 2022: CATE Preparing Your Claim workshop: For those interested in finding out more, this 1½ hour session will provide an overview for the award and explore the criteria required for those considering submitting a proposal of interest to become a nominee for future rounds of the award.  
  • Friday 11th November 2022: Stage 1 documentation to be submitted for internal panel consideration (via NTFS-CATE): Teams will be required to prepare and submit the following documentation:

            - A draft CATE submission against the criteria detailed in the Award Criteria tab, up to 2500 words.

            - A list of all team members with their job title and an indication of their active role in the team (up to 12 members)

  • Late November 2022: Institutional shortlisting panel meets. Nominees are advised of the outcomes within four weeks.
  • (TBA) March 2023: Deadline for the submission of Stage 2 documentation by institutional nominees. This will include: claim, nomination form, team photos and equal opportunities monitoring form.
  • Wednesday 15th March 2023: CATE nomination close.
  • Week commencing 10th July 2023: Award outcomes released to nominees and institutional awards lead (under embargo).
  • Wednesday 4th August 2023: Official announcement of winners (public release)


Eligibility information for potential CATE team applications

  1. Those within the team can be in any role that contributes to the enhancement of teaching and learning.
  2. Colleagues working at an overseas campus, whilst contracted to HE providers in the UK, are eligible to be part of the team.
  3. Student members of the team are actively encouraged and can be studying or in a representative role.
  4. The team leader may not have an active application for NTFS running at the same time as an application for CATE.

Lancaster University CATE nomination selection process

The University invites potential CATE teams to submit expressions of interest to NTFS-CATE

Teams will be required to prepare and submit the following documentation:

  1. CATE Stage 1 Application against the criteria detailed in the Award Criteria tab, up to 2500 words.
  2. A list of all team members with their job title and an indication of their active role in the team.

In writing against each criterion, it is important to demonstrate direct engagement with students. Although there is no requirement for students to be members of the team, a team should clearly demonstrate how students are directly engaged in their work. Teams should also highlight how they work together as a team and what innovative, inclusive, and excellent practice they have led within their own organisational setting and potentially beyond.

You may find it helpful to review previous winners on the Advance HE website in thinking about your own team’s approach and impact.

Submissions will be assessed by the panel on the evidence provided in the nomination document in relation to each of the two criteria below. These criteria are identical to those used by the national award process.

Teams need to submit their draft for consideration by the Lancaster selection panel. An internal selection panel, chaired by our PVC in Education, will review all eligible CATE proposals and agree on the institutional nomination. The selection panel includes senior academics, Associate Deans for Teaching, previous NTFS and CATE winners and Educational Development. Only one team per year may be put forward for a CATE award from the Institution. Successful nominees will be contacted within four weeks after the selection panel has met.

Preparation and submission of full CATE nomination

Please note that the process and dates for 2023 award applications will be subject to the national awards scheme and timetable. The information below is based on Advanced HE 2003 application round and is provided to give an indication of the requirements, but might be subject to change.

The Lancaster CATE team selected for nomination by the institution will be asked to submit a final version of their nomination, in line with Advance HE formatting guidance. A final version of the application and all additonal submission requirementsmust be completed by the national deadline.

The team will be required to complete:

  • Claim: A statement of how the nominated team demonstrates outstanding impact in relation to the award criteria (maximum total of 3500) plus an overarching Context Statement (up to 300 words) and a Reference List.
  • Nomination Form: Completed by the team leader, providing background about the team in a 350-word profile, 50 word summary profile, and two 20-word quotes
  • Photos: Three high resolution professional photographs in landscape format
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form: an online form completed by the team leader.

Nominations are also accompanied by a signed Institutional Statement of Support.

Support from Educational Development is available to Lancaster nominees throughout the process. Additionally, external peer support and critical friendship will be made available for nominees in the development of their claim.

CATE applications are judged rigorously by a National panel and evaluated on the strength of evidence in meeting the set criteria.

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. This may, for example, be demonstrated by providing evidence of excellence in terms of:

  • having a clear set of aims, objectives and rationale for the team’s approach and how the group constitutes a team and developed as a team;
  • demonstrating direct engagement of students within or with the team;
  • illustrating how the team has contributed to wider thematic and sector priorities, for example, assessment and feedback; retention, employability, staff development; students as partners; technology and social media;
  • working collaboratively with a range of stakeholder groups;
  • embedding practices across different programmes, disciplines, campuses or institutions;
  • being flexible and creative in working to address unanticipated situations or events;
  • measuring the impact or outcomes of collaborative work.

Criterion 2: Excellence in the impact of collaborative working

Evidence of the team having a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning beyond their immediate academic or professional area. This may, for example, be demonstrated by providing evidence of:

  • the reach of the team’s work;
  • the benefit or value derived from working as a team;
  • the impact of supporting colleagues and/or influencing support for student learning;
  • the impact on student learning or outcomes;
  • the impact of any outcomes/outputs of collaborative work.

Reviewers will be looking for evidence of reach, value and impact to be demonstrated in the evidence within the narrative presented by the team. Please note that the two award criteria above are given equal consideration in the assessment process and weighted equally in the overall score.

To notify the panel that you intend to make a submission for consideration and for support in the process, please contact us by clicking on the button below:


NTFS and CATE Roadshows

Advance HE, in collaboration with the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF) and the CATE Winners’ Network (CATE-Net), is delivering a series of ‘virtual roadshow’ webinars to support those interested in applying for our prestigious 2023 teaching excellence awards. Each webinar will focus exclusively on either the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) or the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

For further details please visit the CATE webpage.