National Teaching Fellowship Scheme/
Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence
The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) celebrate excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. We are currently searching for colleagues to put forward for these awards on behalf of the University.
Not to be confused with Professional Recognition from Advance HE (formerly Higher Education Academy) these 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 HEI nominates candidates who make a 'claim' which is judged by Advance HE.
National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)
|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 2021 to set out details of the 2022 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.
Three institutional nominees and one runner up will be selected by a panel, and feedback for development will be provided to all applicants.
|Our National Teaching Fellows||
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 2021 to set out details of the 2022 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.
One successful team and one runner up will be selected by a panel, and feedback for development will be provided to all applicants.
|CATE winners from University of Sheffield||
August 2020: BMS Student Employability Development team
Our colleagues in the BMS Student Employability Development team were awarded a CATE in August 2020.
The cross-discipline team is managed by Dr Gordon Cooper (Dept of Biomedical Science), and consists of Neil Everill (Dept of Biomedical Science), Allison Clay (Careers Service), Dr Graham McElearney (Digital Learning Team), and Johnny Hooton (Creative Media Service).
The team have been working together for 13 years to foster skills development, recognising the need to provide advice and training in future facing employability skills, which take account of and reflect developments in technology and practice. The approach integrates traditional delivery via lectures and MOOCs, hands-on experience by working with employers and experience of novel skills through projects in website design and video production. Thanks to their collaborative efforts, the team have contributed to a sustained 22% rise in the graduate level employment outcomes of their students.
AdvanceHE, in collaboration with the Association of National Teaching Fellows (ANTF) and the CATE Winners’ Network (CATE-Net) are arranging for monthly 'virtual roadshow' webinars to support those interested in applying for the prestigious teaching excellence awards. This year, each virtual roadshow event will focus exclusively on either the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) or the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE).
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, details of which are as follows:
These webinars will be facilitated by ANTF Committe Events co-ordinator Professor Debbie Holley, and will offer insights and guidance through the NTFS application process.
This webinar will offer a brief re-cap of the scheme and highlight updates, and feature some personal journeys from existing National Teaching Fellows. There will be lots of time to ask our panel questions
This webinar will briefly re-cap the previous two sessions, and the panel will include a representative from those tasked with staff development in our institutions, to offer the institutional viewpoint about the scheme, as well as NTFs happy to share their experiences.
Prof Mark O’Hara, CATE-Net Co-ordinator, will be facilitating four webinars – three (which will be repeated on different dates) are focused on helping those applying for CATE in the 2020/21 academic year, and one will be focused on helping those thinking of applying further in the future.
If you are planning to submit a claim for CATE in the 2020-21 cycle these briefings will introduce you to the nature of the Award and its associated professional and institutional benefits. It will help you to understand the process and timelines and will offer practical suggestions and advice from previous CATE winners. Book your place on your preferred date:
The collaborative nature of CATE means that many successful bids are centred on projects that have been years in the making. This workshop is aimed at those who are thinking long-term about how to advance a collaborative endeavour in their institution over time to the point at which a bid for CATE would be within reach. The themes covered will include, spotting potential, nurturing and investing and building a collaborative culture. Book your place: