School of Biomedical Sciences recognised with a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence
The School of Biomedical Sciences’ Capstone Experience Team – led by Dr Dave Lewis – received a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) as part of Advance HE’s Teaching Excellence Awards.
Academics at Leeds have been celebrating success in Advance HE’s Teaching Excellence Awards. Dr Alison Voice (School of Physics and Astronomy) has also been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF).
The awards further strengthen our position as a leader in student education: Leeds has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows in the UK and was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Our new University Strategy builds on strong foundations, highlighting a deeper partnership with students, embracing new inclusive and active educational approaches.
Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, said:
“Congratulations to Alison and the Capstone Experience team on their achievements, which highlight the role we can all play in enhancing students’ education and experience at Leeds.
“Alison’s commitment to innovative pedagogy, as well as to the employability and engagement of students throughout her career, is an inspiration. It’s wonderful to see her recognised for the impact she has had on both her peers and students.
“Empowering students is at the heart of our inclusive educational approach at Leeds and the Capstone team’s work is a model of co-creation and partnership.
"These successes are timely reminders of the positive impact that sharing ideas and working together as a community can have on students’ education and development, and why it’s at the heart of our strategy for the next 10 years.”
Empowering students is at the heart of our inclusive educational approach at Leeds and the Capstone team’s work is a model of co-creation and partnership.
CATE winner – Capstone Experience Team
The CATE – first Introduced in 2016 – highlights the role teamwork plays in enhancing teaching and learning through collaborative approaches.
This is the first time Leeds has won the award.
The Capstone Experience Team received the accolade in recognition of its work with its internal and external partners, along with the exceptional student experience and sector-wide impact its projects have provided.
Capstone projects are offered as a final-year undergraduate module. They give students an opportunity to focus on personal and professional development instead of working on a traditional research project.
Industry-focused projects are available for those wishing to use their science outside of research, while civic and society options are offered for those wishing to use their skills in the wider community.
The team’s leader, Dr Dave Lewis, said:
Receiving this award is a fantastic achievement, and recognition for the team and University for the exceptional student experience we strive to provide. I want to personally thank everybody for their contributions.
“This is just the start of a journey for both ourselves and colleagues globally.”
With no access to research facilities during the covid-19 pandemic, Bioscience educators globally struggled to conduct traditional research projects, so the team ran online workshops as an alternative and supported them through the introduction of Capstone projects.
Its work has informed the revision and broadening of both UK Bioscience accrediting bodies’ project accreditation criterion, and Dr Lewis has also been awarded a Leeds Institute of Teaching Excellence Fellowship to work with educators across the University seeking to introduce Capstones into their own programmes.
Besides Dr Lewis, the Capstone Experience team includes Dr Alasdair Pickles, Dr Andrew Smith, Dr Charlotte Haigh, Dr Jen Edwards, Dr Jessica Kwok, Dr Hazel Fermor, Dr Ralf Richter, Dr Samit Chakrabarty, Dr Sarah Calaghan and Dr Ruth Norman – all from the School of Biomedical Sciences.
It also includes Dr Sue Jones, from York St John University, and Michelle Payne, from the University of Sunderland.