Preparing for NTFS or CATE 2020
Please note that Advance HE hopes that the NTF and CATE schemes 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 for these awards is substantial and lengthy.
We start the planning process as early as possible (typically before Advance HE officially launches the scheme and publishes full details) so that our colleagues are offered the best possible chance of similar success.
Individuals wishing to express an interest in applying for NTFS nomination or the nomination to lead a CATE for 2020 should email Ann Akcan email@example.com (please cc Kay Sambell also). The closing date for expressions of interest to become the University nominees for the 2020 cycle is Friday 25 October 2019.
Initially, please familiarise yourself with further information about each scheme, by accessing the available resources, guidance and support materials below. Keep an eye out for publicity, including Advance HE updates and DLTE support sessions!
Information about the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)
note that applicants should have HEA Fellowship (any level) or be working
can find further information about the NTF scheme at https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/individuals/national-teaching-fellowship-scheme/NTF and consult Advance HE’s downloadable Guidance
documentation for potential nominees.
While the details of any future scheme may change, to date individuals have been expected to demonstrate evidence of:
- Individual excellence: 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.
- Raising the profile of excellence: 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.
- Developing excellence: of the nominee’s commitment to and impact of ongoing professional development with regard to teaching and learning and/or learning support.
Information about the CATE Scheme
You can find further information about the CATE scheme at
https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/awards/teaching-excellence-awards/collaborative-award-for-teaching-excellence and consult Advance HE’s downloadable Guidance documentation for potential nominees.
Please note that the team leader must not have an active application for NTFS running at the same time as a CATE application. Staff members of the team must have Fellowship (any level) or be working towards it.
While the details of any future scheme may change, to date teams have been expected to demonstrate evidence of:
- Excellence in the team’s collaborative approach. Evidence of excellence in the team’s approach to working collaboratively, commensurate with their context and the opportunities afforded by it.
- Excellence in the impact of collaborative working. Evidence of the team having a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning, including beyond their immediate academic or professional area.
Reviewers will be looking for evidence of reach, value and impact.
Resources to help you
View a previous HEA webinar recording on NTFS 2018
While some details are likely to change for any future schemes, the webinar covers some useful hints and tips on preparing a good application.
Download Sally Brown's presentation slides
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.
Have a go at reviewing your own work using the NTFS Self-assessment Checklist.