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University wins Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

Advance HE has announced Liverpool Hope University as one of this year's Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence winners. 

The national accolade recognises the University's Network of Communities of Practice (CoP) initiative, which was introduced in 2014 as part of Liverpool Hope's Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy.

Formerly known as the Higher Education Academy, Advance HE undertakes a rigorous selection process when assessing examples of collaborative work, which has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. 

Dr Penny Haughan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Life and Learning), said: "We are thrilled to be recognised with this highly regarded award. The Network of Communities of Practice involves colleagues coming together to develop their own practice and help others develop theirs through cross-departmental collaboration.

"Since 2014, the initiative has gone from strength to strength. It encourages innovative and creative learning and teaching practice, where staff can meet in an informal way to have serious conversations about learning and teaching. We are extremely proud that we have harnessed a meaningful collaborative approach, which has resulted in a sustained culture of learning and teaching excellence here at the University.”

The Network encourages University colleagues to collaborate on a range of teaching-related areas, including assessment, educational technology, student experience, classroom practice, learning outside the classroom, and the curriculum. 

The award will be presented to the Liverpool Hope team at a prestigious ceremony in November.