National Teaching Fellowships

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is a highly prestigious Advance HE award that recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals who are judged to have made an outstanding impact on the student learning experience.

Our University is keen to support our excellent teachers in gaining recognition for their practice through the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS).

Congratulations to Professor Catherine Lee (FHEMS), Dr Beatriz Acevedo (FB&L and AL&T) and Sian Shaw (FHEMS, Director of Teaching, Learning & Assessment) who won their awards in 2021 and 2020. They join Dr Alison Greig (Global Sustainability Institute) who won her award for teaching excellence in 2019 and Andrew Middleton (AL&T) in 2016. Other successful colleagues during their careers at ARU include Dr Sally Everett (2017), Dr Mark Kerrigan (2016) and Dr Debbie Holley (2014).

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) was established in 2000 and is now a proactive community of National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) that benefits the individual award winners, their teams and institutions, and the higher education sector. Internally, our NTFs form a supportive group that promotes teaching excellence.

Each year universities are invited to nominate up to three members of staff to be considered for a National Teaching Fellowship. Full details of the award are available on the Advance HE website.

Awards criteria

The criteria for the awards are as follows:

  • Individual excellence – evidence of enhancing and transforming the student learning experience commensurate with the individual's context and the opportunities afforded by it
  • Raising the profile of excellence – evidence of supporting colleagues and support for student learning. Demonstrating impact and engagement beyond immediate academic or professional role
  • Developing excellence – evidence of commitment to ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support

We offer individual support for colleagues who wish to be considered for submission as one of our candidates for a National Teaching Fellowship, with previous winners normally assisting in this mentoring role.

Dates for 2021/22

  • 15 October 2021 – distribution of Call for Expressions of Interest by AL&T.*
  • 15 November 2021 (12 noon) – return of candidate’s Expression of Interest.
  • 17 November 2021 – prospective candidates notified of this year’s selection decisions.
  • 22 November 2021 – initial meeting with institutional mentor for teaching excellence for selected team.
  • 24 February 2022 – final submission completed and returned to AL&T by the nominated team ready for signing and submission to AdvanceHE.

*Please contact Anglia Learning & Teaching to request an Expression of Interest form. Email