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National Teaching Fellowship

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

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 Full or Associate members of Advance HE, may nominate up to three members of staff who teach and/or support learning in higher education. Individuals selected to enter the NTFS are called ‘nominees’ as their institution has chosen to put them forward for an award via a ‘nomination’.

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 (

2023 NTFS Winners

Meet the 2023 NTFS winners.

View winner profiles

NTFS Roadshows 2024

Facilitated by ANTF Committee Events co-ordinator, Professor Debbie Holley and the Advance HE Awards Team, this series of virtual roadshows will offer insights and guidance through the NTF application process. Each will focus on a different aspect of the scheme. 

Each webinar is free and open to Advance HE UK Members.

NTFS Roadshow 1: Tuesday 17 October 2023 - 13:00-14:00

National Teaching Fellowships: is it for me?
This first webinar will cover the new guidance for institutions and individuals, highlight useful Advance HE resources, and include narratives from new award winners and ‘old’ hands sharing their journey to NTF.

NTFS Roadshow 2: Wednesday 22 November 2023 12:00-13:00

Evidencing excellence: what does it look like?
This second webinar covers the three key areas of development for successful NTF applications. We draw upon the expertise of both Advance HE and ANTF committee members and offer thoughts and reflections about how best to frame your application.

NTFS Roadshow 3: Tuesday 12 December - 13:00-14:00

Getting over the finish line: what are the final steps?
Our final webinar in the series offers thoughts on polishing applications, gaining institutional buy-in, reminds Teaching Excellence Accreditation Lead (TEALs) of their roles and responsibilities, discusses what needs to go with institutional statements and lots more.
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Insight into the Award Criteria video series

We have created a set of videos to guide you through the award criteria for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS).

Introduction to NTFS

Dr Diane Nutt gives an overview of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and the application process to help potential nominees develop their claims.

NTFS Criterion One

Overview of NTFS Criterion One: tips and advice for potential nominees on how they can evidence their individual excellence in enhancing and transforming student outcomes and/or the teaching profession, in order to effectively support their claims.

NTFS Criterion Two

Overview of NTFS Criterion Two: tips and advice for prospective nominees on how to effectively demonstrate that they are raising the profile of excellence through supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning and/or the teaching profession, in order to effectively complete their claims.

NTFS Criterion Three

Overview of NTFS Criterion Three: tips and advice for potential nominees to evidence how they are developing excellence through their commitment to their ongoing professional development, in order to make the most of their skills and experience in their claim.

NTFS Allyship Scheme

The Allyship scheme is an important development to help to increase the representation, progression, and success of individuals identified as being from an under-represented group(s) in the NTFS.

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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
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The Association of National Teaching Fellows

New NTFs will be invited to 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
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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.
See the directory of winners
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For further resources, please contact the Teaching Excellence Awards Lead (TEAL) at your Institute or contact (