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University of York receives prestigious award for teaching excellence

Posted on 3 August 2023

The University of York’s Inclusive Learning team has been awarded a national Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) from Advance HE, an organisation which works at an international level to improve higher education through their work with staff, students and society.

Members of the University’s Inclusive-Learning @ York

The award has been made in recognition of the team’s value-based approach to inclusive teaching and learning and their commitment to collaboration, co-construction and student partnerships. 

Inclusive learning

CATE recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning and highlights the key role of teamwork in higher education.

The team lead and support projects and initiatives focused on the development of inclusive learning and teaching practice in higher education, offering guidance and support to the academic community. 

By exemplifying the power of collaboration between staff, students and the students’ unions, the Inclusive-learning@York team has led the development of a student partnerships framework for the University, which adds value and commitment to our joint, community experience.


University of York Vice-Chancellor Professor Charlie Jeffery, said: "This award highlights the team’s commitment to our principles of inclusivity and collaboration and their contribution to the University's strategy to provide an education that empowers. 

“This has been a true collaboration between students, academic departments and professional services teams and we offer our congratulations to all of those involved.”

The team will be invited to attend a celebratory event in Autumn 2023, where their Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence will be awarded.


Jan Ball-Smith, Head of Apprenticeships and Inclusive Learning, said: “I am thrilled that the team has received this award, in recognition of the collaborative approach we have taken to our work. 

“The core team works with many other staff and students across the University to develop inclusivity in learning, teaching and assessment approaches, with collaboration and student partnerships key to the success of our projects. 

“We look forward to building on these partnerships in the future.”

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