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Published: 04 August 2022

Teaching excellence at the University of Surrey brings double win at prestigious Advance HE awards

Teaching excellence at Surrey has been recognised with a double award win at the prestigious Advance HE Teaching Excellence Awards.  

The University’s Veterinary Clinical Teaching Fellow team has been awarded Advance HE’s Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence. This award recognises collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning and highlights the key role teamwork plays in higher education. 

Professor Osama Khan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Academic at the University of Surrey, said: 

“The Veterinary Clinical Teaching Fellows (VCTFs) are a highly collaborative and collegiate team who have partnered with the veterinary profession to deliver a student-centred, innovative model of clinical education, where formative developmental opportunities, feedforward, and autonomous learning are priorities. They embody a unique role as a bridge between University and placement learning, seeking to meaningfully integrate students’ development in both environments.


"This prestigious award is recognition for their and colleagues' tireless hard work and planning, all of whom have an unquenchable desire to continuously improve the learning environment for all students. Whether it is on student satisfaction, teaching excellence or graduate employability, the University of Surrey is receiving a stream of independent accolades recognising our strengths and the constant efforts of our staff to deliver the very best for our students.


"I am supremely proud of what they have achieved in gaining this first CATE award for a team from the University of Surrey."

Advance HE also named Professor Anna McNamara, Director of Internationalisation at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA), as a National Teaching Fellow – an award that celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.  

These awards come hot on the heels of the University of Surrey being ranked 9th in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2022 National Student Survey (NSS) – a jump of 16 places – and being named Times/Sunday Times University of the Year for Graduate Employment. 

Advance HE is a British charity and professional membership scheme promoting excellence in higher education. It advocates evidence-based teaching methods and awards fellowships as professional recognition for university teachers. 

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