Christian Lawson-Perfect, George Stagg and Chris Graham

Prestigious teaching award for University team

The E-Learning Unit in the School of Mathematics, Statistics & Physics  received the national Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE), which recognises collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. 

The successful team is made up of Dr Chris Graham, Christian Lawson-Perfect and Dr George Stagg.  

Chris, Director of E-Learning, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics said: 

 “We are absolutely delighted to receive the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, recognising our E-Learning Unit’s contribution to our School, institution and wider community, in enhancing the teaching and learning of mathematics, with initiatives such as the Numbas e-assessment software.  

“The award celebrates our collaborative approach to establishing Numbas as a tool used here at Newcastle by over 3,000 students each year in Schools across all three faculties, and at our Malaysia and London campuses. And recognises our role worldwide, with several key international partnerships, a role in high profile national projects in primary and secondary education, and over 2,000 teachers worldwide using our assessment software.  

“We are very grateful to colleagues in Schools across the University who have worked with us, and particularly to everyone that supported us with our CATE nomination. We look forward to building on this success with new projects and collaborations!”  

As well as this success, the University’s achievements in learning and teaching have also been recognised recently with 3 National Teaching Fellowship Awards  and Professor Suzanne Cholerton, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education, said  

“It’s an extraordinary achievement by all – it’s rare to have three successful NTFS nominations in one year, and even more so two in consecutive years, but to be recognised with CATE as well is exceptional and a ringing endorsement of my colleagues who’ve been recognised, and Newcastle University’s long tradition of excellence in teaching and supporting colleagues to develop and demonstrate their expertise in education.”  

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.”  

This award follows shortly after the University’s success in gaining the ‘Best Summative Assessment Award’ at the International e-Assessment Awards 2020 for its Digital Exams Service, which also recognised the University’s achievements in online assessment.  

If you want to find out more about Digital Learning and Assessment here at Newcastle University visit the Digital Learning website. You can also find out more about Numbas here. 

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