The NTFS is open to all Higher Education Providers (HEPs) across the four nations of the UK, including Further Education Colleges and independent ‘alternative’ providers. Each UK HEP is invited to nominate up to three individual members of staff who can clearly demonstrate having an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession. In order to participate in the NTFS, institutions must be Advance HE Full or Affiliate members and based in the UK; participation in the scheme is a benefit of membership, i.e. no additional fee is due for participation.
In selecting up to three individuals to put forward for the scheme, institutions are strongly encouraged to reflect the full diversity of their staff body.
Nominations for 2022 are now open
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession.
All UK higher education providers, who are members of Advance HE, may nominate up to three members of staff who teach and/or support learning in higher education.
The NTFS Nomination resources for 2022 are available here.
Institutional nominations are made via the Advance HE VLE. If you are a UK Advance HE member institution (Full or Affiliate member) and have not received details of the nomination process, please contact the Awards team for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NTFS nominations close at noon on 9 March 2022.
Benefits of becoming a National Teaching Fellow
Gaining a National Teaching Fellowship has a number of benefits for individuals and their institutions.
|Benefits to individuals||Benefits to institutions|
|Achieving a National Teaching Fellowship is widely recognised in higher education within the UK as well as internationally as a mark of quality.||Offers an extension to university wide individual recognition schemes, as a means to raise the status of teaching and instil pride in the profession and student outcomes.|
|The award can help ‘open doors’ to new academic or career opportunities.||Showcases the institution’s support of individual teaching excellence and the impact this has on student outcomes.|
|Award winners join a national community of like-minded professionals who are passionate about teaching excellence.||Enables staff to cross boundaries, collaborating with colleagues in other disciplines and areas of work, across institutions nationally and internationally|
The Association of National Teaching Fellows
New NTFs will automatically become members of the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF). This is an active community working to further the impact of the scheme. New NTFs will have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other fellows through ANTF events and associated work to further their impact, both individually and collectively.
National Teaching Fellows must demonstrate evidence of:
- Individual excellence: of enhancing and transforming student outcomes and/or the teaching profession, demonstrating impact commensurate with the individual’s context and the opportunities afforded by it.
- Raising the profile of excellence: of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning and/or the teaching profession; demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee’s immediate academic or professional role.
- Developing excellence: of the nominee’s commitment to and impact of ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support.
If you would like to gain some inspiration and find out more about past winners review the Directory of NTFs below.
Facilitated by ANTF Committee Events co-ordinator, Prof Debbie Holley and Advance HE Fellowship and Awards Adviser Dr Holly Earl, these series of webinars will offer insights and guidance through the NTF application process. Each will focus on a different aspect of the scheme.
All colleagues at Advance HE UK member institutions can attend these webinars free of charge; please share this webpage with your colleagues.
A conversation with successful NTFs
This second webinar on Tuesday 7 December 2021, 13:00-14:00 GMT will offer a brief re-cap of the scheme and highlight updates. It will also feature some personal journeys from existing National Teaching Fellows. There will be plenty of time to ask our panel questions.
Polishing your application: Institutional/Individual perspectives
This third webinar on Tuesday 18 January 2022, 12:00-13:00 GMT will briefly re-cap the previous two sessions, and the panel will include a representative responsible for staff development in our institutions, to offer the institutional viewpoint about the scheme, as well as successful NTFs happy to share their experiences.