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National Teaching Fellowship

Teaching Excellence Awards

Celebrating the demonstrable impact of teaching in higher education We run national awards recognising and celebrating teaching excellence on an individual, team and institution-wide basis.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) showcase the outstanding impact of individuals and teams who teach or support learning in UK higher education, recognising their success and providing a platform to share the learning from their practice. Advance HE member institutions benefit from free access to these awards.

Advance HE, in collaboration with the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF) and the CATE Winners’ Network (CATE-Net), is delivering a series of ‘virtual roadshow’ webinars to support those interested in applying in for our prestigious 2021/2022 teaching excellence awards. Each webinar will focus exclusively on either the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) or the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

For further details of the CATE roadshows click here. For further details of the NTF series of roadshows click here.

" Teaching excellence empowers students to learn. Not just students, but learners. And I include myself. The reality is we can’t feed anybody knowledge. It is just not possible, and I wouldn’t want to do it anyway. I want to help others think, help them develop self-belief and confidence. To dream and wake their inner curiosity for the world we live in and embrace life as learning and learning as life.”

- NTF 2015 Chrissi Nerantzi

National Teaching Fellowship (NTF)

National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) have demonstrated through a rigorous and competitive peer reviewed process that they have made a significant impact on both student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education. What they have achieved is inspiring and contributes significantly to the sector's efforts to continuously improve learning and teaching for the benefit of students and society.

The award has been running since 2000 and there are now 1,034 National Teaching Fellows, with up to 55 individuals receiving the award each year. On gaining the award, fellows play an ongoing role in enhancing teaching and learning within their institution, the HE sector and further afield. 

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Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Introduced in 2016, the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognises and rewards the key role that teamwork plays in enhancing teaching and learning through collaborative approaches in higher education.

Since 2016, 89 finalists have received the CATE award for their collaborative team work.

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Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA)

The Global Teaching Excellence Award (GTEA), held in 2017 and 2018 , was the first global award to celebrate and reward institutional commitment to the pursuit of teaching excellence in higher education.  Open to all public and private sector universities and other providers of higher education across the world, participants had the opportunity to learn about and share practices with other institutions across the world.

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