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National Teaching Fellowship

National Teaching Fellowship

Celebrating outstanding individual impact The National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) Scheme celebrates and recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

In 2018, the scheme opened to members of staff from all providers of higher education across the four nations of the UK. Institutions can nominate up to three individuals per annum.

The award has been running since 2000 and there are now over 860 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.

The scheme is organised and run by Advance HE.

2019 NTF Winners

Meet the 2019 NTF winners.

View winner profiles

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.

Find out more about the ANTF

Past winners

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.

National Teaching Fellows 2019


We appointed two Learning and Teaching Excellence Ambassadors to support the NTFS and CATE award schemes.  They began their work in January 2017 and have been given funding to support their ambassadorial activities.They work closely with us, the NTF community, students and others to:

  • Identify, collate and disseminate practice of award holders that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and student outcomes;
  • Promote the NTFS and CATE schemes
  • Provide evidence of the reach, value and impact derived from the work of award holders  
  • Identify where practice has been embedded and led to sustained change of institutional/ sector practice and improved student outcomes.

Our current Ambassadors are Professor Susannah Quinsee (NTF, 2011), and Stella Jones-Devitt (NTF, 2012).

Read their report: Enhancing the Impact of National Teaching Fellows: Critical Success Factors

What do our ambassadors have to say

Stella Jones-Devitt

I am thrilled to be appointed as one of two national Learning and Teaching Ambassadors for Teaching Excellence. It is a privilege to be there from the outset in shaping these roles which are hopefully pivotal to highlighting brilliant sector-wide practice and subsequent impact on student experience.

Stella Jones-Devitt, Head of Student Research and Evaluation, Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research, Sheffield Hallam University


Professor Susannah Quinsee

I am really excited and honoured to have been appointed as an NTF ambassador. I see this as a great opportunity to raise the profile of the NTF scheme and all the NTFs who have done so much for improving student learning. I am looking forward to working with existing and future NTFs to celebrate excellent teaching and the positive impact on student experience.

Professor Susannah Quinsee, Director of Learning Enhancement and Development (LEaD), Chair of Learning and Teaching Development, City, University of London