Learning and Teaching Awards

University Teaching Excellence Awards

These awards provide an exciting opportunity for both academic and professional services staff as well as a team to be formally recognised for excellence in teaching or supporting learning. The awards are:

  • Early Career Award (one individual award available)
  • Academic Teaching Excellence Award (two individual awards available)
  • Professional Services Award (one individual award)
  • Team Award

Winners of the individual awards will receive a grant of £250.  The Team Award recognises the fact that much of the excellent teaching is a result of collaborative working. The winning team will receive a grant of £750.  Awardees should use their grant to build on an existing project or to help with outputs and dissemination.

Applications for the 2021 UTEA are now open and the closing date is 5pm on Tuesday 1st June 2021.  All applications are to be emailed to LTE-ADMIN@canterbury.ac.uk.  For exemplar applications please see the downloadable files on the right of this page.  

For further details on the awards, please email Cecile Hatier.

Find out the recent winners of the UTEAs here.

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The NTFS is run by Advance HE and recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student learning and the teaching profession. 

The awards support individuals’ professional development in learning and teaching. Success depends only on excellence, not what stage you are at in your career. The awards are presented at a prestigious ceremony, attracting national and regional media interest.  

National Teaching Fellows raise the reputation of a university and contribute to the enhancement of learning and teaching.  There are also significant benefits to the recipient.

Benefits of NTFS to individuals include:

  • widely recognised in HE in the UK and internationally
  • opening doors – past NTFs have used the award as a springboard to progress their careers
  • joining a national community of like-minded professionals who are passionate about teaching

For further information please visit the NTFS Webpage

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The CATE award recognises and rewards collaborative work that demonstrates impact on learning and teaching.  Introduced in 2016, the scheme highlights the key role of the teamwork in Higher Education.  

For further information please visit the CATE website

In 2020, our Sustainability Team, led by Dr Peter Rands, won the CATE Award in recognition for their successful contribution to placing Education for Sustainability at the core of programme design, delivery, informal and subliminal curricula.

Each University can only nominate a limited number of applicants for the NTFS (3) and CATE (1 team) each year. LTE manage the process of nomination, and put a call out for expressions of interest (via Staffnet) which closes around November-December (a StaffNet notice will be published with the exact deadline each year), to allow sufficient time for the preparation of the full submission in March. If you are interested in any of these awards, please contact Cecile Hatier

The internal selection process for nominations in 2022 is now open.

A maximum of THREE individuals and ONE team can be nominated for NTF and CATE respectively across the University. If you want to put forward your team or yourself, please complete the form on the right hand side and return it to LTE-ADMIN@canterbury.ac.uk by Monday 22nd November, 5 pm at the very latest. 

A panel will meet shortly afterwards and you will be informed in early December if you have been selected to apply for either of the two awards. If selected, the University will support you in completing your application with Advance HE before 9th March 2022 for NTF, and before 16th March 2022 for CATE



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