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

The National Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in Higher Education. The award carries the entitlement to use the post nominals ‘NTF’ and has significant prestige, with successful candidates 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.  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
2021 Submission Round

We invite staff who are interested in being selected by the University to submit for a National Teaching Fellowship, to make an initial expression of interest.

Your expression of interest should include why you meet the criteria detailed above and what evidence you can call on in support of your application.  Please submit your expression of interest by 12 noon, Friday 11th September 2020 to

Download the NTF 2021 Expression of Interest Form

Prior to completing your expression of interest, we recommend that you complete an  NTF self-assessment form.  This form should not be submitted, but is designed to help you to decide whether you have a reasonable chance of being selected for the next stage.

Shortlisted candidates will be supported by a mentor.

Further details of the award can be found at: 

The final date for submission by eligible institutions is yet to be announced and will be confirmed once we receive the relevant information from Advance HE.

Find out more about our current National Teaching Fellows