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.
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.
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.
NTFs are often invited to work with other HE institutions and organisations across the sector and beyond. The first ANTF book, For the Love of Learning, edited by Tim Bilham (NTF 2007), with help from Professor Sally Brown (NTF 2008), was published in 2013. The Association, in partnership with the HEA, holds an annual symposium, with guest speakers and key activities to develop new opportunities and collaborative work.
The 2018 Impact of Teaching Excellence Symposium is open for bookings now and runs on 20-21st March, with day one open to NTF winners and day two open to all.
The HEA 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 the HEA, 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).
What do our ambassadors have to say
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
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
NTF support events 2018
If you are thinking of submitting an application to become an NTF, the Association of National Teaching Fellows are offering the following regional support events free of charge. Please use the links below to register.
- 22 March, 1pm-3pm, Leeds Beckett University
- 23 March, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Newcastle University
- 28 March, 9.30am-11.30am, Cambridge
- 28 March 2pm-4pm, City University London
- 1 March, 10.30am-12.30pm, Newman University, Birmingham (queries to Sam.Bryant@staff.newman.ac.uk)
- 2 March, 1pm-3pm, Edinburgh Napier University
- 5 March, 9am-1pm, University of Bournemouth (queries to email@example.com)
- 7 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm, Ulster University
- 8 March, 11am-1pm, Manchester Metropolitan University (queries to C.Nerantzi@mmu.ac.uk)
- 9 March, 10.30am-12.30pm, University of South Wales
- 9 March, 12am-2pm, University of Hertfordshire
- 9 March, 2:30pm-4.30pm, University of Bath
Should you not be available to attend any of the support events, you can access the HEA's support webinar recording by clicking here.
You can also download the PowerPoint slides used for the support events by clicking here.