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Advance HE has announced Ulster University’s Person-centred Collaborative Operational Group (Pc-COG) will receive a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) 2023.

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognises and rewards outstanding collaborative work that has had a demonstrable and sustained impact on teaching and learning.

The University’s Pc-COG, which is part of the School of Nursing and Paramedic Science, aims to be world-leading in person-centred curriculum and research development.

This is achieved through collaboratively working to provide educational opportunities to advance knowledge and expertise in person-centred practice, including translating activities into undergraduate and postgraduate healthcare curricula.

Since 2007, the Group has led the development of person-centredness in healthcare curricula in collaborative partnership, regionally, nationally and internationally. Its partners encompass academics, students, professionals with education roles across healthcare settings and those holding strategic positions influencing healthcare curricula and workforce planning.

Through rich collaborative working, the Pc-COG, which is a team of six academics, leads the design and delivery of a sustained programme of curriculum innovation, and they are committed to driving this agenda to harness the transformative impact of higher education in promoting the highest quality healthcare for patients, families, healthcare professionals and communities.

Acting as change agents for person-centred curricula and healthcare practice has resulted in the School of Nursing and Paramedic Science being ranked 1st in Ireland and 7th in the UK (Times 2023).

On receiving the award news, Dr Donna Brown, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, said:

“The Pc-COG team is delighted to have received a CATE Award. It recognises not just the team who led this work but the whole School of Nursing and Paramedic Sciences team who work collaboratively every day in a person-centred way and deliver person-centred curricula.

“We believe the success of our approach lies in authentic collaboration which has underpinned our sustained impact to date. We look forward to continuing to promote person-centredness in our work moving forward to advance healthcare education and the care of people.”

On hearing news of the Pc-POG’s CATE success, Professor Odette Hutchinson, PVC Academic Quality and Student Experience, said:

“The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence is richly deserved by the university’s Pc-COG team, whose collaborative working has resulted in sector-leading excellence. The team go above and beyond the requirements of their formal roles to champion excellence in Learning and Teaching and collaborative working, enhancing the student experience and outcomes.

“The work of the team is held in universal acclaim by students, peers, healthcare professionals and is a national exemplar of the power of authentic collaboration.  Their impact and reach extend beyond Ulster University and is evidenced by numerous awards, outcomes and outputs. The initiation and development of curriculum innovations and key frameworks, such as the Person-centred Nursing Framework, the digitisation of the Framework for Practice Learning, and the Person-centred Curriculum Framework, has improved the lived experiences of staff and students nationally and internationally.

"It is for these reasons that this collaborative working is deserving of national recognition through CATE award and on behalf of the university, I would like to congratulate them on this success.”

Alison Johns, Chief Executive, Advance HE, said:

“Congratulations to all of the new National Teaching Fellows and CATE teams on this prestigious accolade which recognises and rewards their commitment to teaching and learning and the impact it has on student success.

“It is with great pride that we run these awards for the UK higher education sector designed to celebrate these passionate people who make such a difference to students’ education and to the practice of their colleagues. We look forward to working with the new NTFs and CATE winners and sharing their excellent practice with colleagues around the sector.”

Other Advance HE award success:

In the latest Advance HE award announcement, Dr Paul Joseph-Richard from Ulster University Business School was also named as a recipient of a National Teaching Fellowship.

Find out more:

Details of all winners can be found on the Advance HE website, along with further information on the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

Further details of the awards are available on the Ulster University website at National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

Staff interested in applying can contact Dr Sarah Floyd by email to with any queries.

If you wish to be considered, please complete an initial short Expression of Interest Form by noon on 1 September 2023.