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The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is an award for excellence in teaching in
higher education Higher education is tertiary education leading to award of an academic degree. Higher education, also called post-secondary education, third-level or tertiary education, is an optional final stage of formal learning that occurs after completio ...
for teaching fellows in England,
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,
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland ( ga, Tuaisceart √Čireann ; sco, label= Ulster-Scots, Norlin Airlann) is a part of the United Kingdom, situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, that is variously described as a country, province or region. Nort ...
, and
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. The scheme was first administered by the
Higher Education Academy Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) is a British charity and professional membership scheme promoting excellence in higher education. It advocates evidence-based teaching methods and awards fellowships as professional recogniti ...
, which subsequently became Advance HE in 2018. The scheme was started in 2000 and there are now more than 900 national teaching fellows (NTFs) across the UK. In 2016 an additional team award, the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) was launched. This award recognises teams for their collaborative work and excellent practice in
teaching Teaching is the practice implemented by a ''teacher'' aimed at transmitting skills (knowledge, know-how, and interpersonal skills) to a learner, a student, or any other audience in the context of an educational institution. Teaching is closely re ...
and learning. Awards are made annually from a process that requires applicants to provide an evidenced and endorsed case of their approaches to teaching, and how their work has impacted on teaching and learning in higher education, within their institution and beyond. The application is assessed by three independent reviewers against set criteria. Although the majority of NTF applicants are academic staff who teach, many work in professional services and management, for example library services or careers, and/or undertake
pedagogical Pedagogy (), most commonly understood as the approach to teaching, is the theory and practice of learning, and how this process influences, and is influenced by, the social, political and psychological development of learners. Pedagogy, taken a ...
research. The NTFS scheme is managed and facilitated by Advance HE, formerly the
Higher Education Academy Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy) is a British charity and professional membership scheme promoting excellence in higher education. It advocates evidence-based teaching methods and awards fellowships as professional recogniti ...
. The Head of the Excellence Awards at Advance HE is currently Nicola Watchman Smith, previously Catriona Bell. The NTFS and CATE Awards are open to all UK-based higher education providers who hold Advance HE membership status, including colleges and private providers. The schemes take place on an annual basis, with winners announced in August of each year.


Laureates

there are over 915 National teaching fellows, with up to 55 individuals receiving the award each year. Current and former national teaching fellows include * Lara Alcock * Tim Birkhead * Duncan Lawson * Robert Eaglestone * Sally Fincher * Adam Hart * Jane Setter * Sarah Speight


References

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