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Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT)

The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching provides a variety of development opportunities for staff, and promotes innovative approaches to teaching and learning across the university.

What we do

  • Provide new and experienced staff with innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

  • Develop the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) activities across all Colleges.

  • 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.

  • Promote UEL’s HEA accredited Professional Standards Framework (PSF) and a continuous professional development framework for Teaching Excellence.

  • 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).

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.

We also offer Module Consultations on to new and existing staff on any teaching issue, large or small. Fill out our form (UEL log-in required).

If you would like any further information on module consultations please contact  

The UEL Professional Standards Framework (UELPSF) enables new and existing 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 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.  
We organise jointed 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?

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

UEL Teaching Fellowship Scheme

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

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.

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.

  • Dr Stephanie Sandland - Senior Lecturer, School of Business and Law
  • 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
  • Dr Warren Kidd - Senior Lecturer (Post Compulsory Education and Training), Cass School of Education and Communities
  • 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

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.

For more information on the NTFS or CATE, see the Best Practices area on the CELT Moodle

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.

CELT received 23 bids in 2016 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 see the Learning Enhancement Opportunity (LEO) award winners 2016.

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.

Connect with us

Who we are

  • General enquiries: Get in touch with the team at

  • Professional Standards Framework (PSF) Manager:
    Libby Homer
  • Academic Developers:
    Dr Melissa S. Ferro and Sima Heer
  • Administrator and PSF Servicing Officer:
    Fouzia Sakouti
  • Executive Officer:
    Jennifer Bedingham
  • Learning Technology Team:
    Santanu Vasant (Senior Learning Technology Adviser), Kevin Pike and Jonathan Tulloch (Learning Technology Advisers).
    To get in touch with the Learning Technology Team, email us at

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