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Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching provides a variety of staff development opportunities to share best practice and to promote innovative, inspiring and supportive approaches to teaching and learning across the university for new and experienced staff. CELT also supports the use of technology to enhance learning and UEL’s CPD route to apply for HEA Fellowship.

Our Services & Mission

CELT’s mission is to:

  • Promote innovative, inspiring and supportive approaches to teaching and learning across the university for new and experienced staff.
  • Enable the university to provide outstanding teaching that supports excellent outcomes for a diverse student body.
  • Design and deliver innovative, creative and research-informed approaches to staff development and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Lead on the implementation of UEL’s HEA accredited Professional Standards Framework (PSF) and on a continuous professional development framework for Teaching Excellence.
  • Develop and embed the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) activities across all Schools.
  • Share best practice and expertise in learning and teaching excellence across UEL.
  • Lead and contribute to pedagogic research on the scholarships of learning and teaching.
  • Support the celebration of individuals and /or teams worthy of reward and recognition for their contribution to academic practice.

Staff Development Opportunities

    1.  CELT Learning & Teaching Event Series

    More details coming in 2018


    Learning and Teaching Events

    CELT offers regularly scheduled staff development workshops on a variety of topics. If staff have difficulty attending scheduled sessions these are also offered on-demand at a convenient time when programme or subject area teams can attend.

    Connected devices (tablets, smartphones and laptops) can massively expand the teaching activities available to you. This 2.5 hour workshop will introduce simple exercises, which make use of students' devices, to increase participation and learning. 

    In this workshop you will receive your Samsung tablet and explore how the use of tablets in teaching can help you improve: 
    • progression and retention
    • student attainment
    • IT literacy contributing to employability 

    The workshop will be organised into 5 parts:
    1. Setting up your tablet followed by a hands-on introduction to Office 365.
    2. Polling students: find out during contact hours what your students think, and have learned.
    3. Collaborative work: help your students to work together more productively, and in ways that are more visible to you.
    4. Using online resources: bring specialist resources (including databases and archives from UEL Library and Learning Services) into your teaching space.
    5. Audio and video: use recording tools to support student learning, by creating resources and offering feedback.

    The pace of the workshop will be both practical and flexible so that you can get the most out of the session, and you will receive resources to take away with you.
    Your tablet will be issued to you at the start of the workshop, so please arrive promptly at the starting time. You will sign for and receive your tablet, which will be pre-charged and ready to use in the workshop.

    Looking for something specific for your programme team or subject area? CELT can provide a bespoke workshop to suit your needs. Contact your school academic developer to discuss your staff development needs.  Recent workshops have focused on areas such as:
    • Feedback and FeedForward techniques and strategies
    • Developing effective multiple choice quizzes
    • Promoting interaction in large classes
    • Assessment Design
    • Using E-portfolios for reflective practice
    • Formative assessment as a learning tool
    • Pedagogical considerations when flipping a classroom

    Learning and Teaching Workshops

    Technology Enhanced Learning at UEL

    CELT provides staff support to a number of institutionally supported platforms for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) at UEL. These include: Moodle, Mahara, Turnitin and Panopto. 

    CELT runs 3 types of workshops
    1. Scheduled via the LibCal booking system

    2. On-demand 

    3. Bespoke workshops to support staff in their innovative use of TEL.  On-demand / bespoke TEL workshops

    Looking for something else for your programme team or subject are? CELT can provide a bespoke TEL workshop to suit your needs. Contact the Learning Technology team by email to discuss your requirements 

    Technology Enhanced Learning

    Academic Staff Induction

    This half-day workshop is essential training for all new academic staff, and has been designed to complement the university and local induction programmes. At the workshop you will meet members of the Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement Directorate and learn about the work of their teams and the kind of support they can offer you. You will also have a chance to explore the UEL's Academic Strategy (2016) with DVC Professor Nora Colton. 

     Prior to attending the half day programme you will be asked to complete a number of self-study components and watch video tutorials that can found by following this link to the Academic Induction area on the CELT staff Development MOODLE site.

    The self study material will provide specific information and guidance on academic related matters, such as understanding the requirements of the Academic and Quality Framework, the Assessment Cycle and ensure you know where to seek further information and guidance.

    Academic Staff Induction

    Module Consultations

    CELT Module Consultation

    CELT offers confidential, individual consultations to colleagues concerning any teaching issue, large or small. For example, consultations can help to: 

    • design or re-design a module, 
    • identify effective teaching strategies aligned with your learning outcomes, 
    • effectively implement research-based teaching strategies, 
    • generate creative ideas for assessments, projects and classroom activities, 
    • develop assessments and rubrics to measure and provide feedback on learning outcomes 
    • Map your assessment practices across a module 
    • Experiment with different ways to give student feedback 
    • review the effective ways to use a VLE (MOODLE) for your module 
    • generate ideas on how to incorporate TEL to create different types of learning environments 

    CELT can also assist with more complex teaching problems by gathering relevant information, helping staff interpret it, and working with staff to generate effective solutions. Our goal is to tailor the module consultation to meet your needs. 
    Typically the module consultation process involves: 

    • Consultation Request - Please fill in the Module Consultation Form  and email it to Please put in the subject line of your email – Module consultation request. An academic developer will be assigned to your request by CELT. 
    • A meeting with the academic developer to scope out the issue you would like to explore. 
    • Some form of data gathering relevant to the issue. This could be classroom observation, reviewing your MOODLE page, assessment practices or other. 
    • Discussion of the information gathered. 
    • Developing an action plan 
    • Post-plan check-in after 4 weeks. 

    Note these consultations are voluntary and confidential. CELT does not disclose any information from the consultations to other staff. CELT does, however, document the consultation process for the staff, to help them make the most of the experience. 
    If you would like any further information on module consultations please contact  

    Module Consultations

    CELT Staff Development Moodle

    CELT Staff Development Moodle Site

    What do we offer?

    The CELT Staff Development site offers all staff a range of support services; from resources, examples of good practice and practical How-to guides, our Moodle site is full of information to nurture high quality teaching across the University of East London (UEL).

    How to find us online?

    Look for the CELT Staff Dev tab (Click this link) at the top of the Moodle screen. 

    Visit the CELT Resource Area

    We have a range of support resources available in this section. When you visit the landing page please click on any of the colourful buttons (as shown in the example on the right) to take you to the topic of your choice. You will find examples of best practices across UEL, Online self-study material, reports, how-to guides, application materials and much more.

    HEA Fellowship

    UEL Professional Standards Framework

     Demonstrate your commitment to learning, teaching and supporting learning – gain recognition from the Higher Education Academy

     The UEL Professional Standards Framework (UELPSF) enables you to gain national recognition of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and supporting learning in higher education.


    Full dates and details of how to apply are on the PSF Pages of the CELT Staff Development Moodle site. 

    All enquiries should be directed to your College Director of Learning and Teaching or to the CELT mailbox for the attention of Libby Homer, UKPSF Manager.  


    Recognising Excellence in Learning & Teaching

      What are Student-Led Teaching Awards?

      These awards allow students to nominate UEL staff who have made a real difference to their learning and development.

      UEL’s awards build on highly successful initiatives between the Higher Education Academy and the National Union of Students to create award schemes in 21 Universities in the UK.

      Who is organising the awards?

      UEL Students are working with the Students’ Union and the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching team to organise and deliver the awards.

      Who can be nominated for an award?

      Any member of staff who you feel has made a real difference to your learning at UEL can be nominated:

      • Who brings your subject to life?
      • Whose teaching always makes you want to learn more?
      • Who listens when you need to ask that ‘obvious’ question?
      • Who makes you feel valued as a learner?
      • Who gave you that really helpful feedback that helped you to move on?
      • Who helps to keep your project or dissertation on track?


      Student-Led Teaching Awards

      UEL Teaching Fellowship Scheme

      Context and BackgroundWe wish to recognise and reward excellence in teaching and the support of learning and to encourage colleagues to share effective practice in this regard within our institution and across the sector. A Teaching Fellowship Scheme for our University provides both the recognition of excellence in teaching and support for learning, and the standards for excellence by which we would wish to assess teaching performance. 

      Since inception in 2005, our UEL Teaching Fellowship scheme is reviewed annually to reflect that of the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS).

      The old assumption that ‘if colleagues know their subject they can teach it’ is now past. Teaching has a professional status, as evidenced by the Professional Standards Framework launched in 2006 and developed by the Higher Education Academy, Universities UK, the Standing Conference of Principals and the four funding councils.  Professional status must have an identifiable development process that can lead to excellence. Our Teaching Fellowship Scheme will reward an exceptional contribution made to student learning by both colleagues in Academic Schools and those from Services. Reward in the areas of research and knowledge transfer is based on a peer review of published work or business outcome and it is appropriate to have equal status for performance in another of our University’s key activities – that of teaching and facilitating learning.

      We believe that excellence in teaching is exemplified by a set of values and behaviours that are enshrined in the criteria that we will use for selection of our UEL Teaching Fellows.* Please note: the UEL TF scheme is open to all colleagues who: hold a full time or part time employment contract with UEL; have worked at UEL for a minimum of one year's duration and are Higher Education Academy Fellows.

      2017-2018 information coming soon.  Please check back for updates.

      UEL Teaching Fellowship Scheme

      University of East London Teaching Fellowship Scheme

      The University of East London presents Teaching Fellowship Awards annually to recognise and reward excellence in learning and teaching at the University and to celebrate outstanding contributions to teaching and the support of learning.

      The awards are open to all those involved in teaching, research supervision and providing academic support. Our UEL Teaching Fellowship Scheme was updated in 2007 to more closely reflect that of the Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme.

      Our current UEL Teaching Fellows

      • Femi Bola MBE - Director of Career and Student Employment, External & Strategic Development Services
      • Dr Narmala Halstead - Reader and Programme Leader, School of Social Science
      • Stephanie Sandland - Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Law
      • Helen Mitchell - Associate Dean, Cass School of Education and Communities
      • Hedley Roberts - Head of Arts and Design, School of Arts & Digital Industries
      • Professor Jean Murray - Professor of Education, Cass School of Education and Communities
      • Professor Molly Andrews - Professor of Sociology, and Co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research, School of Social Sciences
      • Warren Kidd - Senior Lecturer (Post Compulsory Education and Training), Cass School of Education and Communities
      • Dr Helen Powell - Subject Head: Psychosocial Studies, School of Social Science
      • Ian Wells - Lecturer, School of Psychology
      • Professor Gerry Czerniawski - Professor of Education and Research Degrees, Cass School of Education & Communities
      • Dr Stephen Maddison - Director of Research and Head of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries, School of Arts & Digital Industries

      Current UEL Teaching Fellows

      Learning Enhancement Opportunity (LEO) Projects 2016

      Congratulations to the successful bids for the LEO Projects 2016

      CELT received 23 bids this year that encompassed a wide range of creative ideas. The competition was fierce but these successful bids were exemplary in how they addressed the goals of this year’s theme.  Please follow this link for details of Learning Enhancement Opportunity (LEO) award winners 2016.

      Learning Enhancement Opportunities (LEO) project grants offer colleagues an opportunity to innovate and evaluate aspects of academic practice. LEOs offer a vehicle by which colleagues (individually or in teams) may advance innovations in learning and teaching, by undertaking a small scale, 6-month project.

      The 2016 round of bidding focused on concentrated work to re-focus a current module to address and reflect student diversity and to target increased attainment at UEL. 
      The Learning Enhancement Opportunities (LEOs) will return in 2018.

      Learning Enhancement Opportunities (LEO) Projects 2016

      HEA National Teaching Fellowship

      This scheme is run by the Higher Education Academy (The Academy) and recognises and rewards individual excellence in teaching in higher education. It is open to all staff involved in supporting the student learning experience in higher education in England and Northern Ireland.

      Individual Awards

      The individual awards aim to raise the profile of learning and teaching, recognise and celebrate individuals who make outstanding impact on the stCudent learning experience and provide a national focus for institutional teaching and learning excellence.

      Individual awards of £10,000 will be made to recognise individual excellence and the award may be used for Fellows' personal and/or professional development in teaching and learning aspects of pedagogy.

      If you feel that you, or colleagues in your department, might like to apply then please contact our office soon as possible for an informal chat on taking an application forward.

      Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching is happy to assist you in the preparation of your application.

      Thinking of placing a bid for NTFS or CATE?

      First, please register your bid with CELT ( to ensure your nomination is within the submission limits set by the HEA.  Each university is limited to three individual NTFS nominations and one CATE team nomination.  For more information on the NTFS or CATE, click the button "Best Practices" on the CELT Moodle at:

      Further information for NTFS from HEA website

      HEA National Teaching Fellows at UEL

      • Femi Bola MBE, Director of Employability, External and Strategic Development Services, HEA National Teaching Fellow 2008
      • Professor Jean Murray, Professor of Education, Cass School of Education and Communities, HEA National Teaching Fellow 2011
      • Dr Gerry Czerniawski - Senior Lecturer, Cass School of Education & Communities, HEA National Teaching Fellow 2012
      • Professor Rachel Mulvey, Associate Dean, School of Psychology, HEA National Teaching Fellow 2013

      HEA National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

      Contact Us

        Meet the CELT team

        Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching: TBC

        Professional Standards Framework (PSF) Manager: Libby Homer

        The Academic Development Team

        CELT has two full-time academic developers who work with academic and professional services colleagues across the university. They are assigned to work with specific schools and services (see below).

        Dr.Melissa S Ferro

        • School of Social Sciences
        • CASS School of Education and  Communities
        • School of Health, Sport & Bioscience (HSB)

        Sima Heer

        • School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE)
        • School of Business and Law
        • School of Psychology
        • Library and Learning Services
        • School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)

        What kinds of activities do the academic developers do?

        • Attend School Leaning and Teaching meetings
        • Attend subject area meetings to consult on issues to do with assessments; personal tutoring; curriculum innovation and development and the use of TEL
        • Teach on CELT workshops and programmes such as Ongoing professional Enhancement; New to Teaching for PGR students; Bespoke workshops and others
        • Provide module consultations to UEL staff
        • Support colleagues to think about embedding TEL in their classroom practice
        • Participate as panel members on the PSF panels
        • Represent CELT on various committees and working groups

        Please note - this list is not exhaustive but gives an idea of the range of their activities.

        Learning Technology Team: 

        The Learning Technology team is centrally placed and works with colleagues across the university to give advice and support on using technology in your teaching practice.

        Learning Technology Advisors:

        Santanu Vasant: Senior LTA

        Jonathan Tulloch: LTA

        Kevin Pike: LTA

        What kinds of activities do the Learning Technology advisors do?

        • Deliver face: face Technology Enhanced learning (TEL) workshops – these are regularly scheduled on both campuses but can also be delivered on demand to our programme or subject area team.
        • Provide 1:1 support for TEL by email; phone; or Pop-up LTAs.
        • Provide online support for MOODLE and Turnitin through monthly webinars surgeries.
        • Support colleagues technically to embed TEL in their classroom practice
        • Represent CELT on various committees and working groups

        Please note - this list is not exhaustive but gives an idea of the range of their activities.

        CELT Administrative Team:

        Fouzia Sakouti: Administrator and PSF Servicing Officer

        Jennifer Bedingham: Executive Officer

        Meet the Team

        General information: Please email the mailbox for the following types of queries:

        • Questions about PSF applications or to submit documents and applications
        • Information about workshops and events

          We are  also on Twitter @UEL_CELT

        To book CELT workshops:

        Please go to the LibCal booking system and book. you will receive an email confirming your booking.


        If we need to cancel: If we do not have the minimum number needed to run a workshop we may have to cancel it.  We will let you know 48 hours in advance and will contact you to book you into another workshop or book an individual session.

        If you need to cancel: if you find you have made a mistake or that you need to cancel the booking please contact our admin team at

        Please note that cancelling a workshop could incur a fee to your school in accordance with UEL policy.

        Teaching with Technology queries:

        By Email: The Learning Technology Advisors Mailbox is monitored during business hours Monday – Friday.  Please email your queries about Moodle, Turnitin, Panopto, Mahara or the tablets to


        CELT Offices – DL 4.04, DL 4.11, DL 4.08,
        CELT Training Suite WB 2.02
        Docklands Campus – Docklands Library Building University of East London
        4-6 University Way
        E16 2RD

        How to Contact CELT