National Teaching Fellowships

Dr Mark Kerrigan receiving his National Teaching Fellowship award from Vice Chancellor Professor Iain Martin

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is a highly prestigious Higher Education Academy (HEA) 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). We are delighted that in recent years two of our outstanding teachers have been successful: Dr Sally Everett, who was awarded her NTF in 2017, and Dr Mark Kerrigan, who received his award in 2016. In 2014 we were successful in supporting Dr Debbie Holley, who is now at Bournemouth University, to the achievement of her own NTF.

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. The Association of National Teaching Fellows has produced a set of slides about how to apply for a National Teaching Fellowship.

Each year universities are invited to nominate up to three members of staff to be considered for a National Teaching Fellowship. Successful applicants receive a cash award (in 2017 this was £5,000) which award winners can use to support their personal and professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy. The award must normally be spent in a three-year period and individuals are required to produce a report on the way the award has been spent and its impact. Full details of the award are available at the HEA website.


The criteria for the award have been very consistent over the past 10 years (though changes may be made for the 2018 cycle). They 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 influencing 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

The University offers 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.

The NTF awards for 2018 are now open, and the deadline for submission of applications to the HEA is 30 April 2018. If you are interested in being considered as one of our ARU nominees, please contact us