The Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit runs several Reward and Recognition Schemes to acknowledge the excellent learning and teaching activities taking place at the University.

If you have any questions about our Reward and Recognition schemes, please contact us (


ARCHE Scheme - HEA Fellowship

"Advance HE fellowship demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and provides recognition of practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning.” (Advance HE).

The AU scheme is accredited by Advance HE, allowing AU to award Associate Fellow, Fellow, and Senior Fellow status. There are no fees associated with application through the AU scheme, and fellowship status does not require any ongoing renewal or re-application.


Fellowship is based on evidence of practice that meets the Professional Standards Framework. It is open to a wide range of staff at the University who teach or support higher education learning. Different categories of fellowship will be relevant to different groups of staff.


Application to the ARCHE Scheme is by portfolio application based on current practice. can be made by colleagues, students, or self-nomination. All applications are considered by internal reviewers and confirmed by a panel which includes an External Examiner.  Successful applicants receive fellowship status and a certificate.

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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)

The purpose of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is to recognise, reward and celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession.

 THE NTFS is organised by Advance HE.  All UK Higher Education providers are eligible to enter up to three member of staff who teach or support learners in their institution. Those nominated need to show that they contribute to the enhancement of the student experience and the teaching profession in their institution, or further afield, in their discipline.

A nominee should be an HEA fellow (any category) or working towards an application.

For further information about the award please visit the web page (link) or contact Annette Edwards (

Celebrating Achievement in Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The purpose of the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) is to recognise and celebrate collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning.  Each award will recognise a team which has enabled a change in practice for colleagues or students at an institutional or discipline level.

The scheme is organised and run by Advance HE. Only one team can be nominated from the University.

Up to 15 teams will be selected nationally to receive this award.

For further information about the award please visit the Advance HE web page or contact Annette Edwards (

Exemplary Course Award

The Exemplary Course Award is an internal recognition designed to acknowledge and celebrate courses that exemplify best practices in online and blended teaching. This award highlights our commitment to providing high-quality digital learning experiences for our diverse student body.


Courses eligible for the Exemplary Course Award demonstrate innovation in online teaching, effective use of technology, and a commitment to student success. They showcase creativity in course design and delivery, fostering an engaging and supportive online learning environment.


Colleagues can submit their courses for consideration, providing evidence of how their course meets the award criteria. A panel of experts assesses the submissions, and successful courses receive formal recognition, a certificate, and the opportunity to share their best practices with the wider academic community.

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Other schemes

Other departments run different reward and recognition schemes, such as: