National Teaching Fellowship SchemeCelebrating excellent practice and outstanding acheivement

<strong>National Teaching Fellowship Scheme</strong>Celebrating excellent practice and outstanding acheivement

This year’s nominations will be completed online. Institutions must pre-register in order to apply. Let us know you intend to apply today and log in details will be sent to you.

Nominiations are now closed.


The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education.

The NTFS is an umbrella scheme which is made up of a range of awards, including; National Teaching Fellows, Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence and the Learning & Teaching Excellence Ambassador Scheme.

The Higher Education Academy manages NTFS on behalf of the funders – the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for the Economy (DfE) Northern Ireland (now incorporating the responsibilities of DELNI).

Our award schemes


National Teaching Fellows (NTF)

The NTFS recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student learning and the teaching profession.


Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

New in 2016, CATE celebrates collaborative work in teaching and learning and capturing the creative and innovative practice that positively impacts on the student experience.

Learning & Teaching Excellence Ambassador Scheme

As part of this newly launched scheme, two Learning and Teaching Excellence Ambassadors have been appointed for a 12 month term which began in January 2017. Each ambassador will have access to funds of up to £3,000 to support their ambassadorial activities as they work with the HEA, the NTF community, students and others to:

  • Develop and execute strategies for the identification, collation and dissemination of innovative practice;
  • Build on the innovative pedagogies project to improve engagement with excellence initiatives and support changes of practice
  • Promote the NTFS and the work of the NTFS across the sector
  • Provide evidence of the reach, value and impact derived from the innovative work of the NTFs
  • Identify where good practice has been embedded and led to sustained change of institutional/ sector practice and improved learning outcomes.

The 2017 Ambassadors were named as Professor Susannah Quinsee, an NTF since 2011, and Stella Jones-Devitt, an NTF since 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