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Preparing for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)


A National Teaching Fellowship is widely regarded as the most prestigious award in higher education learning and ​teaching in the UK, and in 2018 the scheme was opened to Scottish higher education providers. This competitive award has been designed to celebrate and recognise individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education and is organised by AdvanceHE. Up to 55 awards are made each year.


Professor Mark Huxham (School of Applied Sciences)Each university can nominate up to three applicants per annum and we were absolutely delighted that Edinburgh Napier University’s two nominees into the 2018 scheme were both successful. Very few universities gain this number of awards in a single year and Edinburgh Napier won two of the five NTFs awarded in Scotland. Huge congratulations go to Professor Mark Huxham (School of Applied Sciences) and Michelle O’Reilly (School of Health and Social Care) for this fantastic achievement!


Michelle O'Reilly (School of Health and Social Care)Advance HE hopes that the NTF scheme will run again in a similar format going forward, although timescales and details are subject to alteration and adjustment year-on-year.


Interested colleagues should also note that the process of gaining nomination and developing a claim is substantial. For example, in the run-up to NTFS 2019 Kay Sambell, who currently acts as the institutional contact for the scheme, initiated the planning process as early as possible so that Edinburgh Napier colleagues were offered the best possible chance of similar success. DLTE ran an initial support and information session, the resources from which are included below to help inform future aspirants. Expressions of interest from eligible colleagues wishing to be considered for nomination were requested by 1 October 2018 and all were considered and reviewed by a panel, including externals. The three successful nominees were then supported to develop a full claim, for final submission in April 2019.


Individuals wishing to express an interest in applying for NTFS nomination for future schemes should email dlte@napier.ac.uk. Watch out for announcements about any future launch from AdvanceHE and DLTE. As soon as we hear anything about the launch we'll let you know!


Thinking about applying for a National Teaching Fellowship?
Support session led by Prof Sally Brown


In preparation for NTFS 2019, the former Chair of the Association of National Teaching Fellows, Prof Sally Brown, kindly ran a session for all Edinburgh Napier staff interested in being considered for nomination for this prestigious national teaching award. Sally helped aspiring nominees better understand what makes a good application and helped them think about the kinds of evidence they need to be gathering to maximise their chances of success.


Download Sally Brown's presentation slides


Meanwhile, you can familiarise yourself with information about recent NTFS schemes by exploring the resources above, having a go at the NTFS Self-assessment Checklist, and by going to Further information about the NTFS.