Institutional Awards for Learning and Teaching

The University of Liverpool recognises excellence in learning and teaching through an annual internal awards process. Each Faculty will communicate the deadline for nominations to their staff. Find out more about the National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) Scheme on this page.

NTF and CATE

The National Teaching Fellowship and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, coordinated by Advance HE, recognise and reward excellence in teaching in Higher Education in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The NTFs has been established for 20 years.

The University has achieved good success in recent rounds of the scheme notably with Dr Gita Sedghi winning an Individual Award in 2019.

The scheme aims to:

  • raise the profile of learning and teaching
  • recognise and celebrate individuals and teams who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience
  • provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence schemes. 

Call for expressions of interest in submitting an application for an award in 2021

This call is now closed. 

Individual award (NTF)

Applicatants for an Individual National Teaching Fellowship were asked to write an initial statement of around 500 words against the 2020 scheme criteria.

  • Criterion 1: Individual excellence: Evidence of enhancing and transforming student outcomes and/or the teaching profession; demonstrating impact commensurate with the individual’s context and the opportunities afforded by it.
  • Criterion 2: Raising the profile of excellence: Evidence of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning and/or the teaching profession; demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee’s immediate academic or professional role.
  • Criterion 3: Developing excellence Show the nominee’s commitment to and impact of ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support.

Collaborative award (CATE)

Teams interested in submitting an application for a Collaborative Award were asked to write an initial statement of around 750 words against the 2020 scheme 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.
  • 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.

Learn more about applying for NTF and CATE

Learn more about applying for NTF and CATE through the NTFS and CATE websites.

Next Steps

Decisions on which candidates are to be asked to prepare a full application are made by a steering group that works with the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education, with senior representation included from each Faculty. The group usually expects to select up to three individual members of staff to prepare the full application for NTF and up to one CATE team. Those chosen are allocated mentors.

The process within the University for applications under the scheme is coordinated by The Leadership, Organisational, Professional & Academic Development Academy (“The Academy”).

A supporting statement from the Head of Department is usually required as part of an expression of interest.

Who to contact

Dr Charles Buckley: Institutional Contact for NTF and CATE: Charles.Buckley@liverpool.ac.uk.

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