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The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is organised and run by Advance HE to recognise, reward and celebrate individuals working in UK Higher Education.

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals working in UK Higher Education who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession.

The NTFS is one of the highest profile awards in the UK HE sector for innovation and practice in Higher Education learning and teaching.

The awards are highly competitive with only a relatively small number of colleagues from across the sector being awarded a NTF each year which are selected from all institutional nominations. Although it is a competitive process even unsuccessful nominees should still celebrate their institutional teaching excellence. Under the NTFS regulations, the university is permitted to put forward up to three nominations for the NTFS for consideration each year.

The University of Bath has a good track record of award winners over the years and are keen to support new applicants each year.

Benefits of applying

  • by applying you are able to reflect on, and document all your excellent achievements from across your career. Recognition also provides the following benefits:

  • Widely recognised in UK HE and internationally as a mark of quality

  • it opens doors: many NTFs are able to use thier awards as springboards for career progression

  • you join a national community of like-minded professionals to share practice and ideas with

  • Even just being selected as a nominee by Bath demonstrates your existing excellence in teaching and learning.

How to apply

The Centre for Learning and Teaching together with the NTF network of existing Bath NTFs will coordinate an internal selection and submission process to select up to three colleagues as nominees for the NTFS.

Individuals at the university who feel they may meet the criteria outlined in the application guidance are encouraged to submit a ‘Expression of interest’ form to the CLT. Once received the Bath NTF network will consider all nominees before the submission to the Advance HE NTFS panel.

If you are an interested colleague, please download and complete the NTF ‘Expression of Interest’ form and submit it by email to the CLT no later than Monday 20 November 2023.

Expressions of interest will be considered by the panel with outcomes communicated to colleagues week of the 27 November 2023. Please do read the nomination process.

If you are selected as a 2023/24 nominee, the Submission deadline to Advance HE is 13 March 2024.  For the University to complete your nomination statement in time for this deadline your complete submission must be sent to the CLT by Wednesday 28 February 2024 (Midday).

Colleagues selected to submit for the NTFS  will be supported through application writing workshops and mentoring through the NTF network as part of the support process. In addition to internal support, Advance HE offer written guidance and members of the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF) run a series of regional and online support workshops for nominees, which are free to attend.

Further Information

University of Bath NTF briefing sessions

‘Ask us anything’ with the NTF Network and CLT Team were held in October 2023, the slide are available here, alternatively watch a previous information recording from the 27 October 2022

Advance HE support

Please book the Advance HE webinars at the link below:

For further information on National Teaching Fellowship, please visit the Advance HE

Internal support

Information sessions on how to develop a future application or apply in the current year are being run on the following dates:

Nomination Process

Guidance can be found here

Important Dates

Initial expressions of interest – Monday 20 November 2023

Confirmation of draft nominees (to include a reserve) – w/c 27 November 2023

Final submission of applications – Wednesday 28 February 2024 by Midday

Review by PVC Education and submission to Advance HE - Wednesday 13 March 2024

Key Contacts

Teaching Excellence Awards Lead (TEAL ): Paul Chin, CLT

Deputy TEAL: Lenka Bonovcova, CLT

NTF network representative: Alan Hayes

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