National Teaching Fellowship Scheme/
Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence

A group of people in a classroom. One woman of Asian heritage is standing, facilitating a discussionThe 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

Dr Julie Hyde, Chemistry of Julie Hyde

Please visit Julie's staff profile page to find out more.

Professor Katherine Linehan, Biomedical Science of Katherine Linehan

Please visit Katherine's staff profile page to find out more.

Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton, Medical Education of Deborah Murdoch-Eaton

Deborah was awarded her Fellowship in 2004 whilst Professor of Medical Education at the University of Leeds. Now Dean of Medical Education at Sheffield, she is widely recognised as an expert in medical education, who specialises in work on feedback, curricular development and generic skills underpinning learning. Her research interests reflect these areas, as well as extending to the areas of social accountability, global health and international medical education.

Dr Pete Mylon, Dept of Mechanical Engineering of Pete Mylon

Please visit Pete's staff profile page to find out more.

Read Pete's blog post about being awarded the NTF. 

Dr Christopher Stokes, Dentistry of Chris Stokes

Christopher Stokes is Professor of Dental Education and Digital Learning at the School of Clinical Dentistry. Chris is known for developing engaging and innovative teaching approaches to teaching dental technology and digital literacy skills, and helping others to successfully integrate technology into their teaching across the University. He is the Programme Lead for the Bachelor of Dental Surgery Programme and is particularly interested in widening participation in healthcare education.

Professor Brendan Stone, School of English of Brendan Stone

I have experience and interests in the following areas: accessibility and inclusivity; creative use of technologies; interdisciplinarity; collaborative working; employability in core curricula and assessment; social engagement and enterprise in the curriculum.

Dr Rachel van Duyvenbode, School of English of Rachel van Duyvenbode

Please visit Rachel's staff profile page to find out more.

Dr Duco Van-Oostrum, School of English Headshot of Duco Van Oostrum

Teaching for me is about discovery. It's inspirational to see students engaged, with initiative, and using their creativity. Within the constraints of assessment and a structured learning environment, such as the Sheffield University system, I hope that students can take risks and be imaginative.

Professor Brian Whalley, Geography

Please visit Brian's staff profile page to find out more.

Dr Gary C Wood, Faculty of Engineering of Gary Wood

Gary was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2019. From his innovative work in teaching linguistics, to his exceptional contribution in embedding enterprise education into the curriculum, and, most recently, his success in championing skills and leadership development among engineering students, Gary has consistently had a transformative impact on the students he works with. As Head of the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA), he has developed a ground-breaking initiative bringing together selected students, academics and colleagues from industry to offer development opportunities for the engineering leaders of the future. Co-creation is at the heart of Gary's approach, and his unique insight and contribution has been instrumental in embedding broader transferable skills into the Department of Mechanical Engineering's curricula. Through workshops, publications, and conference presentations he has shared his work across the sector, playing a fundamental role in enhancing employability on a global level and contributing to the University's reputation as a world-leading institution for engineering education. For more on Gary's work, see

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

Group photo of the BMS 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.

NTF/CATE Roadshows

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:

NTFS Roadshows

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.

  • Getting Started - 15th October 2020, 12.00pm - 1.00pm
This webinar will cover the new guidance, highlight useful AdvanceHE resources, and have a closing panel of National Teaching Fellows sharing their journeys and an AdvanceHE representative on hand to take any questions.

Book your place

  • A conversation with successful NTFs - 4th November 2020, 9.00am - 10.00am

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

Book your place

  • Institutional/Individual perspectives - 3rd December 2020, 1.00pm - 2.00pm

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.

Book your place

CATE Roadshows

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.

  • Applying for CATE in 2020/21

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:

7th October 2020, 1-2.30pm 11th November 2020, 1-2.30pm 1st December, 12-1.30pm

  • Planning for CATE in 2022 and beyond

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:

27th January 2021, 10am-12pm