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Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

CATE 2018

Two teams including Manchester Metropolitan University staff were 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 »


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:

Carol Ainley is Head of Department of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University. Carol leads on building relationships with external organisations to establish collaborative activity, being a founder member, and now Director, of Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education ( ). MAHSE is a partnership between multiple HEIs and leading Healthcare Scientists (HCS) from partner Trusts. She works with the National School of Healthcare Science (of Health Education England) to advise on education and training of healthcare scientists, developing new programmes and curricula and setting the future direction of the profession. Through MAHSE, Carol works with lay representatives to ensure patient and public involvement in programmes, including projects such as the ‘daily definition challenge’ ( ).

Carol is a CATE award winner (2018) for the work of MAHSE, HEA Senior Fellow (SFHEA) and Fellow of the Leadership Foundation (AdvanceHE). She retains Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration, working with the HCPC as a partner undertaking course approval activity. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), for whom she undertakes course accreditation and assessment activity. The student experience is at the heart of all of Carol’s collaborative activity.

Keywords: collaboration; MAHSE; accreditation/approval; Health Education England; patient public involvement


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.


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


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