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Call for reviewers – 2020 NTFS and CATE

12 Nov 2019 | We're looking to recruit new volunteer peer reviewers to assess the 2020 NTFS and CATE.

Advance HE is looking to recruit volunteer reviewers to assess the 2020 National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and the UK Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).

We are actively looking to increase the proportion of our reviewers from groups currently underrepresented. This includes Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff, those on part-time, sessional and fractional contracts, and colleagues from Professional Learning Service roles.

Our new reviewers should have significant teaching and learning experience across a variety of roles and HEA Fellowship, ideally at the level of Senior Fellow and above.

Acting as a reviewer for NTFS or CATE provides a fantastic opportunity to keep abreast of recent practice of excellence in teaching and learning and to gain insight into the Award schemes.”

Karen Hustler, Assistant Director Fellowship and Awards at Advance HE

Reviewing NTFS submissions felt like an appropriate way of giving back since my own National Teaching Fellowship was awarded in 2014. It is also a means to develop myself as it feeds my interest in the nature of excellence and how it is understood within the context of HE teaching.

“I benefit from seeing the range and diversity of applications which gives me an opportunity to learn and reflect. I gain immense insight into how different subjects, learning environments and individuals work and how they constantly strive to enhance learning for their students.

“It is both a challenging and fascinating experience and I urge anyone with an interest to give it a go.”

Dr Ruth Pilkington, NTFS reviewer, Principal Fellow and National Teaching Fellow 2014

Read more from Dr Pilkington about becoming a reviewer

Find out more about the review process in our 2020 Reviewer Guidance for both NTFS and CATE.

All new peer reviewers will be required to undertake a moderation exercise in February and early-March 2020.

To express your interest, please contact the Teaching Excellence Awards team at or


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