National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)

Could you become a National Teaching Fellow?
  • Do you get lots of positive feedback from your students and/or colleagues?
  • Have you had notable successes in your teaching practice?
  • Do you influence your colleagues or your profession/discipline beyond SHU?

If you can show evidence of these things you may have a claim to excellence. This is a very competitive scheme but if you can show that your practice is outstanding, having transformational effects on your learners, you may be a candidate.

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)

The NTFS celebrates outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in Higher Education.  A National Teaching Fellowship award carries the entitlement to use the post nominals ‘NTF’ and has significant prestige in the HE sector.  Successful candidates are expected to engage in a number of promotional events as an ambassador of the scheme by supporting the on-going enhancement of learning and teaching. You would also join an active community of passionate and enthusiastic professionals working to enhance learning and teaching in HE.

The scheme is open to members of staff from all providers of higher education across the four nations of the UK.  Please note that your context is taken into account regarding the range and scope of impact you can be expected to have, which means the award is open to those working in non-teaching academic and professional roles as well as those in academic roles.

As an eligible institution, Sheffield Hallam can nominate up to three individuals per year.

Applying to be an NTF:

A case is made for excellence focussed on three criteria:

  1. Individual excellence: How you are enhancing and transforming the student learning experience.
  2. Raising the profile of excellence: How you support colleagues and influence support for student learning and demonstrate impact and engagement beyond your immediate academic or professional role.
  3. Developing Excellence: The ways in which you engage in professional development activities and how these have impacted on how you teach and/or the students’ learning experience
Submission process for 2023

Although the expression of interest deadline for 2023 has now passed, we are always keen to hear at any time from staff who are interested in being considered for the NTF scheme. If you would like to have an initial conversation with our Teaching Excellence Accreditation Lead (TEAL) please contact us at  and we’ll be happy to arrange this.

You are also welcome to attend these upcoming events for potential NTF applicants:

Information for the 2024 submission round will be published here when available, and briefing sessions for interested staff will be held in Summer 2023.

Further information & resources

NTF self-assessment form

Advance HE website – National Teaching Fellowship

Advance HE – Insight into the award criteria (video series)

Advance HE – guidance for NTF applicants 2023

Meet our new 2022 National Teaching Fellows

Find out more about our Sheffield Hallam National Teaching Fellows [Links to Teaching Excellence website – opens in new window]

Sheffield Hallam University NTF Network (for current and aspiring NTFs)

My NTF Journey and ‘Adding sparkle so your NTF application shines’ – blog posts by Dr Dr Dawne Irving-Bell, Edge Hill University

Subscribe to the Association of NTFs blog (UK network – news, publications and events).   A new Jiscmail group has also been established in partnership with Advance HE for NTFs and aspiring NTFs.  The group will have an EDI focus to support HE providers in overcoming the challenges and barriers that aspiring NTFs may be facing.  Sign up to the Jiscmail group.