What we do

  • Provide new and experienced staff with innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Lead and develop the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) activities across all Schools.
  • Lead and contribute to research on teaching and learning.
  • Deliver research-informed approaches to staff development and evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Enable staff to deliver outstanding teaching that supports a diverse student body achieve their goals.
  • Lead and promote the recognition of excellence in teaching and the support of learning through a AdvanceHE-accredited continuous professional development framework
  • Create a space to share expertise in learning and teaching excellence across UEL.
  • Recognise individuals and/or teams who show significant contribution to good academic practice.

Staff Development

CELT aims to nurture high quality teaching across UEL.

We offer all staff a range of support services; from resources and examples of good practice to practical How-to guides. We also run staff development workshops on a variety of topics - there are regularly scheduled sessions as well as on-demand sessions that can be booked for teams to attend. To find out more visit the CELT staff development portal (Moodle).

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Postgraduate students at the School of Education

New staff

Academic Staff Induction
Once you have joined UEL, you will be asked to complete a short online induction course, with a number of self-study components and watch video tutorials that can found by following this link to the  Staff Induction module  on Moodle, the university's virtual learning environment. 

There is also a self-paced Academic Induction Module which is designed to provide you with the key information to enable you to hit the ground running.

If you would like any further information on academic staff induction please contact : CELT@uel.ac.uk

Module consultations


We also offer Module Consultations to new and existing staff on any teaching issue, large or small.

If you would like any further information on module consultations please contact Learning and Teaching Advice : LTA@uel.ac.uk 


AdvanceHE fellowship (formerly HEA fellowship)

The AdvanceHE-accredited CPD Route scheme called Crafting Reflective Educators for Student-centred Teaching (CREST) enables new and existing academic and professional services staff to gain national recognition of your commitment to professionalism in teaching and supporting learning in higher education through the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Full dates and details of how to apply are on the CREST Pages of the  CELT Staff Dev Hub 

All enquiries should be directed to the Learning and Teaching Advice :  LTA@uel.ac.uk.

Recognising excellence in learning and teaching

We organise awards jointly with the UEL Students' Union to recognise academic and professional services. 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?

Fellowship schemes


UEL offers a range of fellowship schemes in addition to HEA fellowship.

UEL Teaching Fellowship Scheme

2021-2022 information coming soon.  Please check back for updates.

AdvanceHE (formerly HEA) National Teaching Fellowship

This scheme is run by the AdvanceHE (formerly Higher Education 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.

In 2020, we had two National Teaching Fellowship winners - Michael Cole  and Earle Abrahamson.

For more information on the NTFS or CATE, see the Best Practices area on the CELT Staff Dev Hub.


Workshops and project opportunities


We run a workshop programme for all staff that is aligned to the academic strategy  of the university and to the AdvanceHE UK Professional Standards Framework, so that staff can use attendance in workshops as evidence for application to our AdvanceHE UKPSF scheme, CREST.  We are also able to organise a bespoke session based on your needs, please email: celt@uel.ac.uk.

We also encourage staff to work with us on curriculum development projects. These are longer pieces of work, that solve a learning and teaching problem.  Please contact us via email at celt@uel.ac.uk. for more information. 


Connect with us

    Who we are

    • General enquiries: To get in touch with anyone in the team, email us via Learning Teaching Advice, email:  lta@uel.ac.uk.
    • Head of the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching: - Dr Matthew Williamson
    • Academic Developers: - Sima Heer, Dr Tracy Part, Dr Gabriella Buttarazzi and Dr Melisa Rinaldi
    • CELT Administrator: - Fouzia Sakouti
    • Learning Technology Advisers: - Kevin Pike, Jonathan Tulloch and Christina Perouli 

    Where we are


    CELT Offices
    University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    DL 4.04, DL 4.08, DL 4.11.

    CELT Training Suite
    University of  East London
    Docklands Campus
    WB 2.02.

    Docklands Campus
    University of East London
    4-6 University Way
    E16 2RD

    Stratford Campus
    University of  East London


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