National Teaching Fellowship Award and CATE for UWE lecturers

Media Relations Team, 05 August 2021

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A photograph of Professor Elena Marco

Teaching staff on UWE Bristol’s Team Entrepreneurship programme has won an AdvanceHE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE), while Professor Elena Marco has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. The accolades recognise academic teaching excellence and are awarded by Advance HE.

Led by Adrian Rivers, the nine members of staff teaching the Team Entrepreneurship degree won the distinction thanks to their collaborative approach and how this benefited other team members, students and the wider institution. The three-year programme enables students to develop and test a business idea, under the guidance of the lecturers.

Advance HE said the enterprise lecturers showed evidence of long-term planning and work with a sustainable future. They also referred to an ‘inspirational collective response to global challenges’.

Professor Elena Marco, who is Head of Department, Architecture and the Built Environment, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of her teaching methods, which explore the links between architecture, health and sustainability.

Judges noted how Elena’s work had impacted the improvement of diversity in the sector and the impact of leading initiatives to contribute to the outstanding student experience and employability. They also praised Elena’s work for integrating climate change issues into the curriculum.

Elena said: “Winning the National Teaching Fellowship represents a huge honour and reminds me of the incredible team of staff and students that have supported me on this journey. I have been privileged to work with them – they are a credit to what we do at UWE and the values we uphold!”

Amanda Coffey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost congratulated colleagues on these awards: “To be recognised for our teaching excellence in this way is a huge achievement. Learning and teaching are core to our purpose at UWE Bristol, and we should all be very proud of these examples of innovative and creative practice-led education.”

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