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 NTF scheme has been established for over 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 and in 2021 40 colleagues from The School of Health Sciences won the prestigious and highly competitive team award Simulation Champions team win CATE Award

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 2023

Deadline for expressions of interest is noon 15 September 2022. 

Individual award (NTF)

Applications for an Individual National Teaching Fellowship are asked to write an initial statement of 750 words using the template available from theacademy@liverpool.ac.uk against the 2022 criteria (available from the Advance HE webbsite soon) - for reference, the 2021 criteria are below:

  • 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 750 words, using the template available from theacademy@liverpool.ac.uk  against the 2022 scheme criteria (available from the Advance HE website soon) - for reference, the 2021 criteria are below:

  • 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

In the first instance, and prior to submitting an expression of interest, please contact Dr Charles Buckley who is the institutional contact for the awards: Charles.Buckley@liverpool.ac.uk.

Following this initial contact expressions of interest should be submitted to theacademy@liverpool.ac.uk

Decisions on which candidates are to be asked to prepare a full application are made by a panel 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 required as part of an expression of interest which should indicate your suitability for applying in relation to the relevant criteria for NTF or CATE. This is completed using the template available from theacademy@liverpool.ac.uk

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