National Teaching Fellowship Scheme/
Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence


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The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) celebrate excellent practice in learning and teaching in higher education. This page explains the awards and how to apply.

Not to be confused with Professional Recognition from Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy), the NTF and CATE are national competitions for outstanding individuals and teams who are having an impact both within their institutions and externally on student learning and the teaching profession.

Each institution nominates candidates who make a 'claim' which is judged by Advance HE. Each year we nominate colleagues from the University of Sheffield for these awards.

If you are an outstanding teacher or provide exceptional support for learning, we want to hear from you!

Applications for 2021-22 have now closed, but if you want to know more about the awards or are thinking about applying in future, please get in touch at elevate@sheffield.ac.uk.

Colleagues in a range of different roles and departments have won NTF and CATE awards.

Find out about the experiences of winners across the sector

Find out about award winners at the University of Sheffield


National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)

The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession.

University of Sheffield internal NTF selection process

The University of Sheffield internal NTF selection process runs between September and December each year. An Information Session will be held in September 2022 to set out details of the 2023 competition and launch the internal selection process. After reading the NTF nominee guidance, you will be asked to submit a 1000 word synopsis of your claim, comprising a 100 word overview and a further 300 words against each of the three criteria (see pages 6-11 of the guidance document). Please note the emphasis on evidence of impact.

An Internal Review Panel will then select up to three institutional nominees and one runner up. All applicants will be provided with feedback on their claims.

Advance HE: Information for NTF applicants


Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

The CATE recognises and celebrates collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. Introduced in 2016, the scheme highlights the key role that teamwork plays in Higher Education. Each award will recognise a team which has enabled a change in practice for colleagues and/or students at an institutional or discipline level.

University of Sheffield Internal CATE Selection process

The University of Sheffield internal CATE selection process runs between September and December each year. An Information Session will be held in September 2022 to set out details of the 2023 competition and launch the internal selection process. After reading the CATE nominee guidance, you will be asked to submit an 800 word synopsis of your claim, comprising a 100 word explanation of who your team is, a 100 word overview of your claim and a further 300 words against each of the two criteria (see page 7-12 of the guidance document). Please note the emphasis on evidence of impact.

An Internal Review Panel will then select one institutional team to put forward and one runner up. All applicants will be provided with feedback on their claims.

Advance HE: Information for CATE applicants


NTF/CATE Roadshows

AdvanceHE arrange events each year to support those interested in applying for the teaching excellence awards.

All sessions will be recorded, and distributed upon conclusion. Please contact AdvanceHE if this is of concern.

More information on the Teaching Excellence Awards can be found on the AdvanceHE website.

You may sign up to any of these events via the relevant booking links (see below).

NTFS Roadshows

Facilitated by ANTF Committee Events co-ordinator, Professor Debbie Holley and Advance HE Fellowship and Awards Adviser Dr Holly Earl, these webinars will offer insights and guidance through the NTFS application process.

Webinar Two: A conversation with successful NTFs Tuesday 7th December 2021, 13.00 -14:00 This second webinar will offer a brief re-cap of the scheme and highlight updates. It will also feature some personal journeys from existing National Teaching Fellows. There will be plenty of time to ask our panel questions. Sign up for webinar two
Webinar Three: Polishing your application: Institutional/Individual perspectives Tuesday 18th January 2022, 12:00-13:00 This third webinar will briefly re-cap the previous two sessions, and the panel will include a representative responsible for staff development in our institutions, to offer the institutional viewpoint about the scheme, as well as successful NTFs happy to share their experiences. Sign up for webinar three

CATE Roadshows

The CATE webinar will be repeated on three dates. Each session will include:

  • a brief introduction to CATE
  • an overview of the professional and institutional benefits
  • details of the CATE 2021-22 application process
  • practical guidance and suggestions from previous CATE winners
  • time for question and answers.

Click on the dates below to sign up;

Wednesday 8th December 2021 11.00-12.00

Tuesday 11th January 2022 12.00-13.00

Sessions will be facilitated by CATE-Net Lead, Professor Mark O’Hara and Advance HE Fellowship and Awards Adviser Dr Holly Earl.