Recognising Teaching Excellence

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Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

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.

How to apply for a CATE Award »


This podcast features Carol Ainley, Head of School of Heathcare Science sharing her thoughts on winning the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence as Director of MAHSE:


This podcast features Stuart Roberts, HPSC Faculty Lead for Placements at Manchester Met talking about winning the CATE award:


CATE 2018

Two teams including Manchester Metropolitan University staff have been awarded the prestigious Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence by AdvanceHE this year!

the MAHSE team

The Manchester Academy of Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) was established in 2012 with the aim of consolidating and expanding existing university and NHS collaborations that underpin the delivery of the Clinical Science Masters programmes, which constitute the academic component of the NHS science training programme. MAHSE is under the leadership of Prof. Phil Padfield, formerly of The University of Manchester (UoM) and deputy-leadership of Carol Ainley, Head of School of Healthcare Science at Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met) in collaboration with the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Salford, the University of Liverpool and partner NHS Trusts. Read the UTA blog post on MAHSE's achievement »


the Greater Manchester Synergy team

Greater Manchester Synergy was formed to develop a new and innovative model of support for student nurses in clinical practice. The GM universities involved with the project are University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Manchester, and University of Bolton, with the team leader situated in the University of Salford. From Manchester Metropolitan University members of the Nursing Department (Jon Clough and Trish Morgan), alongside the HPSC Faculty Lead for Placements (Stuart Roberts), have been key figures in ensuring that this collaborative approach was implemented with their Practice colleagues.


The Higher Education Academy has created a set of short videos featuring some of the 2018 NTFS and CATE award winners: