The Sustainability team at Christ Church

06 August 2020

Sustainability team awarded prestigious Teaching Excellence Award for higher education

Christ Church’s sustainability team have been awarded a prestigious Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).  

The award, presented by Advance HE, recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. 

The team’s work over the years has influenced the University in redesigning its Strategic Framework, to incorporate the aim of building a sustainable future, with sustainability as a key cross-cutting theme.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have helped the team to influence the framing of Christ Church’s curricula and learning and teaching practices in all faculties. 

This summer, they produced a report that illustrates how activity across the University is addressing these goals, and highlights the diverse and sometimes unexpected ways to achieve sustainability, from staff volunteering with community food banks, working towards gender equality in higher education, providing water efficiencies in new buildings, supporting local graduates into local jobs, to creating a community wellbeing wildlife garden. 

"I am absolutely delighted that Advance HE have recognised the many years of collaborative work that those in my team and across the University have put in to forge a distinctive path in sustainability education.

“The influence of the Futures Initiative since 2012, on strategy, curriculum, leaning and teaching has been felt widely in the way that it has supported and facilitated academic development in a wholly collaborative way. All those involved, past and present, should be congratulated on this achievement!"

Peter Rands, Director of Sustainability Development

Alison Johns, Advance HE CEO, said: ‘I am sure I am joined by the entire sector in congratulating the 2020 NTFS and CATE awardees. All of the winners should be extremely proud of their achievement of what are prestigious, national teaching awards. Their work epitomises the outstanding commitment to teaching in the UK higher education sector, which this year has been more demanding than ever before. Well done to each and every one of them.’

Due to Covid-19, the 2020 winners award ceremony has been postponed. All the 2020 winners will be recognised at a joint awards ceremony in autumn 2021 for winners from this year and next. There will also be an online celebration in the week beginning 27 September. 


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