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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

Lancaster University Guidance

At Lancaster University, we proudly support our colleagues in submitting claims for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS), an initiative dedicated to promoting learning and teaching excellence.

Inclusivity and Eligibility: The NTFS is inclusive, with no categories of nomination or minimum experience requirements. We actively encourage applications from individuals at any career stage and in any role within the institution, including academic and professional services colleagues engaged in teaching and supporting learning.

Advance HE Fellowship Status: Applicants are not required to be recognised as Advance HE Fellows, but familiarity with the 2023 Professional Standards Framework (PSF) can be advantageous in the process.

Competitive Process: The NTFS operates as a competition, with nominations undergoing thorough review by members of the broader higher education community. The awards process is coordinated by Advance HE

Award Frequency: Approximately 55 awards are granted annually, underscoring the significance and selectivity of this prestigious recognition. Each institution can nominate three colleagues to be considered for the award.

If you are selected as one of Lancaster University’s nominees, you have the opportunity to showcase your outstanding contributions to the student learning experience and contribute to the national focus on teaching and learning excellence.

Applications for 2025 are now open. 

The 2 stage process is as follows: 

Stage 1: Internal applications deadline 12 noon 16th April 2024 - use the "NTFS-CATE" link below.

Stage 1: Outcomes and Lancaster University nominees informed June 2024 

Stage 2: Nominee final deadline one month before NTFS deadline: to be confirmed but based on past deadlines it is likely to be March 2025. 

Selection of Lancaster University NTFS nominees is now open.

The University invites potential NTFS nominees to submit expressions of interest via NTFS-CATE.

Before applying to be a nominee CEDA will run workshops to support you in putting together your application ahead of 16th April 2024.

Please note that the process and dates for 2025 award applications will be subject to the national awards scheme and timetable. The information below is based on the previous application round and is provided to give an indication of the requirements, but is subject to change.

Nominees will be required to prepare and submit the following documentation:

  • Provisional draft NTFS claim (up to 3000 words). This is the first draft of your claim. It should clearly demonstrate, with supporting examples/evidence where possible, how you meet each of the award criteria (see the 'Award Criteria' Tab for more information). The CEDA workshop will help you address the criteria.

The criteria in Stage 1 are identical to those used by the national award process.

Please familiarise yourself with the profiles of recent NTF winners for insights into how to frame your claim.

To be considered for nomination, submit an electronic copy of your draft claim to the

NTFS email within the specified deadline. Our internal selection panel, comprised of senior academics, Associate Deans for Teaching, previous NTFS winners and Curriculum and Education Development Academy, will evaluate the applications. From these evaluations, three individuals will be chosen to represent Lancaster University as our nominees.

Preparation and submission of full NTFS claim

NTFS claims are judged rigorously by a national panel of peers from within the sector and scored on the strength of evidence in meeting the set criteria. If nominated, you will be asked to submit the items below, in line with Advance HE formatting guidance.

  • Claim: A statement of how the nominee demonstrates excellence in relation to each of the three award criteria (maximum 1500 words per criterion) plus an overarching Context Statement (up to 300 words) and a Reference List.
  • Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form: an online form completed by the nominee.

The completed final claim supporting documentation for NTFS is submitted by the Lancaster University Teaching Excellence Awards Lead (TEAL) to Advance HE. Claims are accompanied by a signed Institutional Statement of Support from a senior academic, usually the Pro Vice-Chancellor Education.

Support from CEDA is available to Lancaster University nominees throughout the process. Additionally, external mentor support and critical friendship will be made available for nominees in the development of their claim.

Successful applicants will:

  • Be included in publicity generated by Advance HE.
  • Be granted the status of National Teaching Fellow.
  • Be invited to attend a black-tie award ceremony hosted by Advance HE.

All nominees at any stage (Lancaster selection panel and at the national stage) will be assessed on evidence provided in the core nomination documents in relation to each of the three selection criteria listed below. Please note that:

  1. Nominees should set out evidence of the reach, value and impact of their practice against the three criteria.
  2. Each of the three criteria below will be given equal consideration.
  3. It is the intention of the Scheme to recognise impact and engagement beyond a nominee’s immediate academic or professional role (at institutional and sector level).

Criterion 1

Individual excellence: Evidence of enhancing and transforming student outcomes and/or the teaching profession; demonstrating impact commensurate with the individual’s context and the opportunities afforded by it.

For example by providing evidence of the impact of: stimulating students' curiosity and interest in ways which inspire a commitment to learning; organising and presenting high quality resources in accessible, coherent and imaginative ways; recognising and actively supporting the full diversity of student learning requirements; drawing upon the outcomes of relevant research, scholarship and professional practice in ways which add value to teaching and students’ learning; engaging with and contributing to the established literature or to the nominee’s own evidence base.

Criterion 2

Raising the profile of excellence: Evidence of supporting colleagues and influencing support for student learning and/or the teaching profession; demonstrating impact and engagement beyond the nominee’s immediate academic or professional role.

For example by providing evidence of the impact of: making outstanding contributions to colleagues’ professional development in relation to promoting and enhancing student learning; contributing to departmental/faculty/institutional/national initiatives to facilitate students’ learning; contributing to and/or supporting meaningful and positive change with respect to pedagogic practice, policy and/or procedure.

Criterion 3

Developing excellence: Show the nominee’s commitment to and impact of ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support.

For example by providing evidence of the impact of: ongoing review and enhancement of individual practice, engaging in professional development activities which enhance the nominees expertise in teaching and learning support; specific contributions to enable significant improvements in the students' outcomes and/or experience.

Reviewers will be looking for evidence that demonstrates the reach, value and impact of the nominee’s practice. Nominees should be mindful of this requirement and aim to provide evidence that demonstrates a balance of these three qualities across their submission.

Value - The benefit derived for students and staff (which may take different forms). Value may include qualitative evidence such as a change in approach to learning among students or staff. For example, evidence may be provided about how the work being described has added value to the student learning experience or to teaching practice. Value may also relate to the quality of enhanced experiences and the meaningfulness of practices. Some nominees may also be working in settings where there are positive explicit ethical elements to their practice.

Reach - The scale of influence. Though ‘geographic’ reach may be important for some nominees, it is useful to consider other ways that a nominee can demonstrate reach. Some nominees may demonstrate reach at a department/ faculty/ institution/ national/ global level, for example, but others might provide evidence of how their practice has reached different groups of students, individuals and/or organisations (e.g. postgraduates, commuter students, BAME students, online learners, etc.).

Impact - The difference that has been made to policy, practice and/or student outcomes as the result of an activity. The focus here is on explicit evidence of positive change taking place. Impact evidence can be both quantitative and qualitative, but it is important to show how the activities described have changed teaching practice and/or learning outcomes.

NTFS Workshops

CEDA will be running a workshop ‘Is the NTFS right for you? ‘ where you will be given the opportunity to learn more about the criteria for the award, with the aim of helping you decide if you would like to apply this year or next.

Book workshop

‘Is applying for NTFS right for you’? 22nd Feb 2024 9.30am - 10.30am online

If your application is successful and you are one of Lancaster University’s nominees, then we shall be in touch about how best to support you.

Advance HE also have a range of resources to support NTFS nominees.

Previous Lancaster University NTFS Winners