National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Call for Expression of Interest 2019

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme 2019

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) recognises and rewards individuals who demonstrate excellence in supporting the student learning experience in higher education.

AdvanceHE (a new agency formed from the merger of the Equality Challenge Unit, the Higher Education Academy and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education) organises and runs the scheme. The 2019 scheme will open officially on Wednesday, 9 January 2019. Up to 55 individual awards will be made this year. There will be no prize money but AdvanceHE will enhance the national profile of the winners as well as promote and showcase their work. Three applicants can be put forward by each HEI.

If you wish to be considered this year for nomination by the University, you are asked to submit:

  • A claim for National Teaching Fellowship (up to 4,500 words – 1500 words per criterion). This should present your case for the award of a National Teaching Fellowship with regard to the selection criteria found in the NTFS 2019 Guidance for Institutions and Individuals.
  • A brief note from your Dean or Divisional Head confirming that there is support for your application and a commitment to write a statement of support (1,000 words) for the AdvanceHE submission by 24 March 2019.

Please submit two MS Word documents (one representing the claim and another the support note) electronically to Teaching and Learning Support at teachingandlearning@plymouth.ac.uk by 28 January 2019. If you are chosen as one of our nominees, we will provide one set of feedback. Your revisions and the full set of core documents, including the full 1,000 word statement of support from your Dean or Divisional Head, will need to be finalised by 24 March 2019.

Further information relating to this scheme and details of the criteria and guidelines can be found on the NTFS 2019 AdvanceHE website. Please use these to help you write your claim.

Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence 2019

The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) recognises and rewards collaborative work with staff and students in HE that has had significant demonstrable impact on teaching and learning at an institutional or discipline level.

This award scheme, also organised and run by AdvanceHE, opens on 9 January 2019. One team application can be put forward by each Higher Education Provider.

If you and your team wish to be considered this year for nomination by the University, you are asked to submit:

  • A claim for this Collaborate Award (up to 3,500 words). This should present your case for the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence with regard to the award criteria found in the CATE 2019 Guidance for Institutions and Nominated Teams.
  • A brief note from your Dean or Divisional Head confirming that there is support for your application and a commitment to write a statement of support (1,000 words) for the AdvanceHE submission by 17 March 2019.

Please submit two MS Word documents (one representing the claim and another the support note) electronically to Teaching and Learning Support at teachingandlearning@plymouth.ac.uk by 28 January 2019. If your team is chosen for nomination by the University, we will provide one set of feedback. Your revisions and the full set of core documents, including the full 1,000 word statement of support from your Dean or Divisional Head, will need to be finalised by 17 March 2019.

Further information relating to this scheme and details of the criteria and guidelines can be found on the CATE 2019 AdvanceHE website. Please use these to help you write your claim.


Both awards are co-ordinated by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), raising the profile of learning and teaching in universities in the UK. 

Details of the latest information can be found by visiting the Higher Education Academy (HEA) website:

We are proud to announce that Professor Hisham Khalil of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry has been awarded a 2017 National Teaching Fellowship.

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

This award recognises and celebrates individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, providing the means to develop a proactive community of National Teaching Fellows. Awards are made in recognition of nominees' individual excellence and outstanding impact on student learning; their contribution to raising the profile of excellence in teaching and learning through their work with colleagues and the wider academic community; as well as their commitment to their own professional development.

Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence

This national award celebrates collaborative excellence in teaching and learning. Awards are made in recognition of creative and innovative team work which has led to positive changes at discipline/institutional level and possibly beyond. Evidence of direct involvement of students with the team is required as well as dissemination and impact.

Eligibility

All staff from Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are eligible for the Schemes. This includes HE in FE and alternative providers. Staff are nominated by their HEI. This includes full-time, part-time, and non-permanent staff. Further information can be found in the relevant awards guidelines. For NTFS, eligible institutions are invited to nominate up to three individual members of staff who clearly demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or supporting the HE learning experience of students. For CATE, eligible institutions are invited to nominate one team who can best demonstrate innovation, positive impact, and student collaboration.

Internal application process

At the beginning of the academic year we invite colleagues to come forward but we do continue our efforts throughout the year to identify suitable candidates. We meet with colleagues informally, where the details of the schemes are discussed, questions are answered, suitability and course of action are determined. If you can identify a colleague or a team who may be suitable or you wish to be considered yourself, please contact teachingandlearning@plymouth.ac.uk. We will make contact to organise a meeting.

Once applicants have developed their core documents, Teaching and Learning Support will provide one full set of feedback.  We cannot guarantee that every team/colleague who works on an application will be chosen as one of our nominees. An internal selection panel will decide who goes forward based on their assessment of the submitted applications against the NTFS or CATE selection criteria.

For any further questions, please email teachingandlearning@plymouth.ac.uk.

Funding

The HEA organises and runs these national schemes which are funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), and the Department for the Economy (DfE) Northern Ireland. 

National Teaching Fellows at University of Plymouth (UoP)

  • 2017: Professor Hisham Khalil
  • 2016: Professor Hilary Neve, Jennie Winter
  • 2015: Professor Debby Cotton
  • 2014: Professor Stephen Sterling
  • 2013: Adam Benjamin*, Neil Witt
  • 2012: Suanne Gibson, Paul Hewson*
  • 2010: Simon Belt, Paul Bradley*
  • 2009: Karen Gresty
  • 2008: Avril Butler (now Bellinger)*, Chris Ricketts*
  • 2006: Helen King*
  • 2005: John Hilsdon*
  • 2004: Paul Murray*, Judith Waterfield*, Priska Schoenborn
  • 2003: John McLachlan*
  • 2002: Brian Chalkley*, Pauline Kneale**
  • 2001: Lesley Jarvis*
  • 2000: Susan Lea*

*no longer in UoP employment 
**at different HEI at time of award