National Teaching Fellowship Scheme


The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is an annual competition to recognise, reward and celebrate individuals who are judged to make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience. Each University can enter a maximum of 3 nominees a year. Up to 55 individual National Teaching Fellow (NTF) awards are made each year with Fellows joining a proactive NTF community. Winners are awarded £5k to disseminate their excellent practice and to demonstrate how their work has impacted on the sector.

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How the NTFS defines excellence

The NTFS defines excellence according to these three criteria:

  1. Individual excellence: evidence of enhancing and transforming the student learning experience commensurate with the individual’s context and the opportunities afforded by it.
  2. Raising the profile of excellence: evidence of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning; demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee’s immediate academic or professional role.
  3. Developing excellence: evidence of the nominee’s commitment to her/his ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support.

Claimants make a written application against each of these criteria evidencing their claim with quotes, student data, other forms of evidence that shows their transformative impact on the student learning experience. Because everyone is different, what ‘transformative impact’ means is up to the claimant to decide and then evidence. The NTF claim-writing is thus hugely empowering as it helps you stop and think about what is important to you and your teaching – and how you can evidence and celebrate it!


Why the NTFS is important

Winning a National Teaching Fellowship is powerful recognition of individual excellence. It is a widely understood scheme that reflects positively both on the winners and the University for which they work. A significant additional benefit to yourself, colleagues, students and the University, is your membership of the NTF Community. This group offers great opportunities to build cross-UK connections, undertake bespoke projects, attend conferences and inform Government / Educational Enhancement activity.


How CELT can help

The first step is to let us know you are interested in the Scheme! Building the evidence for a claim can take a couple of years – so let us help you early on to think about the focus of your evolving claim.

You can also make a submission to the annual USW Individual Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Assessment Awards. The application process uses the NTFS criteria and can be a useful way to start writing about your practice and its impact.

Working with your HOLTSE, Head of Learning and Teaching, Head of Support Service etc, CELT will run workshops and writing retreats and offer 1:1 support to help you build your claim. The USW NTFS development programme offers opportunities to connect with others in USW, to undertake small enquiry projects and deepen your interest in teaching ideas and practices.

The NTFS preparation is a powerful CPD activity: you don’t have to submit a NTFS claim but can use the claim-building process towards a PFHEA and/or Professorial application.


How you can get involved

  • To register your interest and join the USW NTFS programme please contact celt@southwales.ac.uk and speak to your local HOLSTE/Head of Learning and Teaching/Head of Support Service.
  • To find out about forthcoming workshops please check our upcoming events pages for NTFS, writing workshops, and
  • Read more about the IELTA Awards.
  • For further information about the NTFS please visit the HEA website.