National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Read about the NTFS and CATE, whether you're eligible and how to apply

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Congratulations to Dr Kamran Ali and Dr Richard Ayres of the Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences, who were awarded National Teaching Fellowships in 2018/19.

Stop Press: 2020 Launch 

In October 2019, Advance HE launched NTFS 2020 and CATE 2020. To be considered this year for nomination by the University for either of these, please prepare and submit the documents as outlined below in MS Word format by 5 December 2019 to EducationalDevelopment@plymouth.ac.uk.

 

For NTFS 2020, please submit:

  • A claim for National Teaching Fellowship (up to 4,500 words – 1,500 words per criterion). This should present your case for the award of a National Teaching Fellowship with regard to the selection criteria found in the NTFS 2020 Guidance for Institutions and Individuals.
  • A brief note from your Dean or Head of School confirming that there is support for your application and a commitment to write a statement of support (1,000 words) in time for the AdvanceHE submission.

For CATE 2020, please submit:

  • A claim for this Collaborate Award (up to 3,500 words). This should present your case for the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence with regard to the award criteria found in the CATE 2020 Guidance for Institutions and Nominated Teams.
  • A brief note from your Dean or Head of School confirming that there is support for your team application and a commitment to write a statement of support (1,000 words) for the AdvanceHE submission.

If your application is successful, we will provide one set of feedback. Your revisions and the complete set of core documents, including the full 1,000 word statement of support from your Dean or Head of School, will need to be finalised at the very latest by:

  • 13 March 2020 for NTFS, ready for submission to Advance HE on 18 March 2020.
  • 6 March 2020 for CATE, ready for submission to Advance HE on 11 March 2020.

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

This award recognises and celebrates individuals who make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience, providing the means to develop a proactive community of National Teaching Fellows. Awards are made in recognition of nominees' individual excellence and outstanding impact on student learning; their contribution to raising the profile of excellence in teaching and learning through their work with colleagues and the wider academic community; as well as their commitment to their own professional development.

Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence

This national award celebrates collaborative excellence in teaching and learning. Awards are made in recognition of creative and innovative teamwork which has led to positive changes at discipline/institutional level and possibly beyond. Evidence of direct involvement of students with the team is required as well as dissemination and impact.

Both awards are co-ordinated by AdvanceHE, raising the profile of learning and teaching in universities in the UK.

Details of the latest information can be found by visiting the Higher Education Academy (HEA) website:

Eligibility

All staff from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are eligible for the Schemes. This includes HE in FE and alternative providers. Staff are nominated by their HEI. This includes full-time, part-time, and non-permanent staff. Further information can be found in the relevant awards guidelines. For NTFS, eligible institutions are invited to nominate up to three individual members of staff who clearly demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or supporting the HE learning experience of students. For CATE, eligible institutions are invited to nominate one team who can best demonstrate innovation, positive impact, and student collaboration.

Internal application process

When Advance HE launch the yearly process, we invite colleagues to submit an application. We also continue our efforts informally throughout the year to identify suitable candidates. The latter involves meeting/liaising with colleagues to discuss details of the scheme, answer questions, determine suitability, and develop a course of action if appropriate. If you can identify a colleague or a team who may be suitable or you wish to be considered yourself, please contact EducationalDevelopment@plymouth.ac.uk.

Once applicants have developed their core documents, Educational Development will provide one full set of feedback. We cannot guarantee that every team/colleague who works on an application will be chosen as one of our nominees. An internal selection panel will decide who goes forward based on their assessment of the submitted applications against the NTFS or CATE selection criteria.

For any further questions, please email EducationalDevelopment@plymouth.ac.uk.

National Teaching Fellows at University of Plymouth (UoP) by Academic Year of Award

  • 2018: Dr Kamran Ali, Dr Richard Ayres
  • 2017: Professor Hisham Khalil
  • 2016: Professor Hilary Neve, Dr Jennie Winter
  • 2015: Professor Debby Cotton*
  • 2014: Professor Stephen Sterling*
  • 2013: Adam Benjamin*, Professor Neil Witt*
  • 2012: Dr Suanne Gibson, Dr Paul Hewson*, Professor John Davies**
  • 2010: Professor Simon Belt, Professor Paul Bradley*, Dr Steve Gaskin**
  • 2009: Dr Karen Gresty
  • 2008: Avril Butler (now Bellinger)*, Dr Chris Ricketts*
  • 2006: Dr Helen King*
  • 2005: Dr John Hilsdon*
  • 2004: Paul Murray*, Judith Waterfield*, Priska Schoenborn
  • 2003: Professor John McLachlan*
  • 2002: Professor Brian Chalkley*, Professor Pauline Kneale**
  • 2001: Dr Leslie Jervis*
  • 2000: Professor Susan Lea*

*no longer in UoP employment 
**at different HEI at time of award