Reviewers are key to the NTFS and play a significant part in ensuring currency of discipline and pedagogic knowledge and expertise. We maintain a pool of reviewers with expertise in discipline and/or thematic areas which we align with individuals' nominations. NTFS reviewers are normally, but not exclusively, NTFs and/or Fellows of the HEA (any category). They provide their time and expertise voluntarily. They review generally between three and five nominations each and reviews are moderated to ensure the robustness of the process.

In 2015, 120 peer reviewers assessed 183 nominations to NTFS. Reviewers came from the full range of eligible institutions and included some individuals from outside England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Becoming a reviewer

Our reviewers help for different reasons. For some, it is part of their academic role. Reviewing can support their professional development and they learn about innovative practices in the sector. Others tell us reviewing allows them to reflect on their own teaching practice and to “give something back”. If you wish to volunteer as a reviewer you will be supported with guidance and advice on the process, through materials, a webinar and the Awards team.

If you are interested in becoming a NTFS reviewer, please contact the Awards team ( . Once accepted as a reviewer, we will ask each year if you are available to review the next round of nominations.

“I would strongly urge others to consider getting involved. You will be inspired by joining in with a community passionate about teaching.” Dr Matthew Martin, St Mary’s University College.