What is the NTFS? 

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is a nationwide competitive peer-reviewed process for recognising academic and professional services colleagues who have made a significant impact on both student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education. The scheme has been running since 2000 and is operated by Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy). 


The Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence recognises and rewards collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. Introduced in 2016, the scheme highlights the key role of teamwork in Higher Education.

How does it work at Exeter?

We're delighted to offer support to applicants interested in both NTF and CATE this year, so if you're an individual or a member of a team able to demonstrate the reach, value, and impact of your work, get in touch! The first step is to complete and submit an Expression of Interest NTF2021 or Expression of Interest CATE2021; this helps us understand the ways in which your work aligns with the relevant criteria. We then take this to an internal review, choosing three applications for NTFS and one for CATE; you'll find the timeline to submission on the Key Dates tab.

Our process helps us to support:

  • suitably experienced and qualified colleagues to indicate an interest in being considered as one of the University’s three NTFS nominees per cycle;
  • teams hoping their work will form the basis of our single CATE nomination for this cycle.

After initial review, we then offer: 

  • institutional support and mentoring for those shortlisted in the current cycle,
  • longer-term advice and guidance for those who have potential and would benefit from longer-term support, and
  • feedback to those whose work doesn't yet meet the criteria for NTFS or CATE.

What support can I get, if I'm interested?

Mentoring will be provided by an external advisor, National Teaching Fellows at the University of Exeter, and Academic Development colleagues with experience in assessing NTF claims for Advance HE. There are also various roadshow events offered by Advance HE; the Academic Development team can give further details of these, so if you have questions or would like to discuss any aspect of the process, please contact the Academic Development team and we'll be happy to talk through next steps. 




Expression of Interest NTF2021 or Expression of Interest CATE2021, which also offer guidance on the assessment criteria


Deadline for Expressions of Interest 


Initial review against the relevant criteria identifies a maximum of 3 candidates to be supported for the NTFS 2021 deadline, and one team for the CATE 2021 deadline.  


NTFS deadline for complete draft of the whole application 


CATE deadline for complete draft of the whole application


NTFS deadline for complete applications submitted to Academic Development for final pre-submission check


CATE deadline for complete applications submitted to Academic Development for final pre-submission check





University of Exeter's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme winners

The University of Exeter is proud to share our NTF award winners, who have demonstrated excellence in teaching:



Professor Karen Mattick


Mr Will Katene


Professor Paul Farrand


Dr Richard Winsley


Dr Sarah Dyer


Dr Greta Bosch


Dr Andrew Pye


Dr Sara Burton

Dr Adam Feldman

2021 Graduate School of Education Conference 

The Annual Research Conference provides an opportunity for both staff and students to discuss advances in education research being undertaken at the University of Exeter. As an attendee, you will be able to choose from a variety of session formats, ranging from traditional paper presentations to more interactive workshops. Regardless of which sessions you attend, you will be able to connect with colleagues at all stages of the research process in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Exact timings of the event will be updated closer to the day, but the conference itself runs from approximately 9am-5pm and will be followed by an informal reception.

More information and registration HERE