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Centre for Higher Education Practice

Support for AdvanceHE National Teaching Fellowship or Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

Professor Simon Kemp
Professor Simon Kemp, co-ordinator of the NTF & CATE support programme

Advance HE runs an annual National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) Scheme to celebrate outstanding individual and collaborative achievements in learning and teaching in UK higher education.   Further information is available from the Advance HE website (link provided below)

These prestigious awards are regarded as the highest level of professional recognition of excellence and innovation in all aspects of education.

The University is pleased to offer the NTF & CATE support programme, to identify and assist colleagues with future nominations for these awards.

The programme is co-ordinated by the Centre for Higher Education Practice and supported by many of our previous NTF winners including Professor Simon Kemp, National Teaching Fellow (2010) and winner of the Times Higher Education Most Innovative Teacher of the Year (2013), Professor David Read, National Teaching Fellow (2017), Professor Judith Holloway, National Teaching Fellow (2017), Professor Mike Wald, National Teaching Fellow (2010) & Mr James Wilson, National Teaching Fellow (2017).

More information

If you aspire to achieve NTF status or a CATE award and would like to understand the steps you need to take now to stand you in good stead with a future application, and hear about opportunities for support and mentoring available from an existing National Teaching Fellow or senior colleague, please get in touch with the support team by emailing

Information sessions have taken place for all staff including:

There will be more sessions available in 2019/20, with further details to follow soon.

A video recording of the information covered in the previous face to face sessions will be accessible via this webpage in due course.

The deadline for expressions of interest in applying for the NTF or CATE awards for 2020 is 30th September 2019

The template for making expressions of interest for the NTF is provided at the bottom of this page, under Useful Downloads

Is it ever too early to start planning?

Being in a position to apply for an NTF or CATE award is not something that happens overnight. Usually it takes several years of planning, excellent achievement and continuous professional development.  So, it is never too soon to come to a session or make contact with the team to discuss how you can get started.

Previous winners of the NTF from Southampton include:

David Read

Judith Holloway

James Wilson

Simon Kemp

Mike Wald

Faith Hill

Link to AdvanceHE NTF website:

Link to AdvanceHE CATE website:

'Reward and recognition of teaching excellence remains a top priority for the HEA and for the UK funding bodies. In light of national developments, we are currently reviewing how the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme can best identify and recognise teaching excellence across the sector, and to promote the sharing of best practice. Future HEFCE funding for the NTFS will need to be agreed at the HEFCE Board in early Spring, and will also be dependent on outcomes from, and implications of, the annual BIS grant letter. Consequently we won’t be publishing details of the 2016 NTFS scheme until the Spring after the level of funding is agreed.' - Read more (Quote from HEA - NTFS 2016)

Recommended reading / useful links

National Teaching Fellow / HEA website



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