Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)

This highly prestigious UK-wide 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, Wales and Scotland.

Winners are awarded £5k to disseminate their excellent practice and to demonstrate how their work has impacted on the sector.

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 awards are very competitive and require an intensive period of work on the application statement during the autumn period.

A Claim for Fellowship consists of a 5,000 word narrative statement of how the individual demonstrates excellence relevant to three headline criteria:

Individual excellence

Evidence of enhancing and transforming the student learning experience commensurate with the individual’s context and the opportunities afforded by it.

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.

Developing excellence
Evidence of the nominee’s commitment to her/his on-going professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support.


Achieving a National Teaching Fellowship is widely recognised in higher education within the UK as well as internationally as a mark of quality.

The award can help ‘open doors’ to new academic or career opportunities.

Award winners join a national community of like-minded professionals who are passionate about teaching excellence.

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 STARS awards.

Working with your Head of Learning Teaching & Student Experience (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 NTFS/CATE preparation is a powerful CPD activity: you don’t have to submit a NTFS/CATE claim but can use the claim-building process towards a PFHEA and/or Professorial application.


To register your interest contact celt@southwales.ac.ukand also speak to your HOLTSE

For further information about the NTFS please visit the HEA website.