National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)

‘The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) celebrates excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education.'

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.  There are two key categories: National Teaching Fellows (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

Dates for the 2020 competition have not yet been released, but are likely to be made public in November 2019. If last year’s timescale is followed, submission to Advance HE will be made in April.

University of Sheffield internal selection process (NTF)

After reading the NTF nominee guidelines 2019 (see Downloads), please submit a 1000 word synopsis of your claim comprising a 100 word overview and a further 300 words against each of the 3 criteria (see pages 8-10 of the guidance document).  Please note the emphasis on evidence of impact.

Your claim should be a word document or PDF.  Please submit as an attachment via the google form here by 11pm on Thursday 15 November

The submission can be written in bullet points if preferred.  Self-referrals are accepted.

Three institutional nominees and two runners up will be selected by panel and all applicants will be notified by Friday 13 December.  Feedback for development will be provided to all applicants.

The 2019 guidance and other resources are available as downloads in the right hand panel.

For further information, please contact Kate Richardson in the Academic Professional Development Team

Our National Teaching Fellows

Professor Tim Birkhead

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Eur Ing Dr Tony Cowling, Computer Science

Areas of teaching expertise: software engineering, and those branches of computing that are related to the development of software. Specific aspects of this include curriculum design, the progressive development of skills through the curriculum, the use of problem-based learning and the role of project work, and particularly the importance of realism in projects.

Dr James Field, Dentistry

James is a Senior Clinical Teacher and a Consultant in Prosthodontics in the School of Clinical Dentistry. Locally he is programme lead for the DClinDent in Prosthodontics.

Dr Kay Guccione, Research Services

Dr Julie Hyde, Chemistry

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Professor Katherine Linehan, Biomedical Science

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Professor Deborah Murdoch-Eaton, Medical Education

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 Christopher Stokes, Dentistry

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Professor Brendan Stone, School of English

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 Duco Van-Oostrum, School of English

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

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Dr Gary Wood, Mechanical Engineering

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