The HEA has opened the call for nominations for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) 2015 today, 15 October 2014.
The Scheme recognises and rewards excellent learning and teaching, with up to 55 awards made on an annual basis to eligible higher education providers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. And following a pilot last year, eligible Scottish HE providers can also now nominate staff for a National Teaching Fellowship Award for the first time this year.
Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland*, National Teaching Fellowships are the most prestigious awards that can be bestowed on those involved in teaching or supporting teaching in higher education. Each eligible higher education provider can only nominate up to three of its learning and teaching staff for consideration per year.
The call for nominations will close on 14 January 2015, with details of the award funding being announced early in 2015**.
Launched in 2000 the Award Scheme has been developed and refined over the years in response to feedback from the sector, ensuring it continues to meet the changing needs of those who teach or support teaching in higher education. For the academic year 2015-16, the scheme will be further developed, reflecting feedback from stakeholders including the Association of National Teaching Fellows. The revised scheme will place greater emphasis on extending the impact and reach of National Teaching Fellows by offering development opportunities and involving National Teaching Fellows in HEA and wider sector activities including collaborative projects. The criteria for the award, which have been reviewed, are unlikely to change, however the financial award is currently under review.
The focus of the NTFS since its inception in 2000 remains unchanged: to recognise, reward and celebrate individual teaching excellence within higher education providers. Its outcomes continue to be the development of a proactive community of practice (there are now 643 National Teaching Fellows), raising of the profile of learning and teaching in the higher education sector, and evidence of a positive impact on student learning.
Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, which manages the Scheme, said: “The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme represents a beacon of excellence in higher education teaching, and I look forward to welcoming our colleagues from Scotland to the Scheme. I am constantly inspired by the achievements of these individuals as they seek new ways to ensure students leave higher education with the skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen careers.
“I am delighted that from 2016 we will be able to support NTFs to share their learning and expertise to an even wider audience. All our students deserve the very best learning and teaching – our NTFs are role models to be celebrated.”
To support nominees through their nomination the HEA has produced a range of guidance materials for the 2015 round, including the information on the application process, details of the criteria, the assessment process, and timescales. This information can be found on the HEA website here.
* Nominations from Scotland are subject to an administration fee.
**Funding is usually £10,000, subject to confirmation of grant funding from the Funding Councils. The level and use of the financial award are currently under review and are expected to change in the 2016 round.