Recognising Teaching Excellence

National Teaching Fellowship

These awards were introduced by the Higher Education Academy in 2000. 55 HE practitioners receive this award annually for their excellent contributions to learning and teaching in Higher Education in England and Wales. Today, there are over 800 NTFs. Beyond the recognition, the NTF offers unique opportunities to collaborate with like-minded individuals in a growing community of passionate learning and teaching practitioners from a wide range of disciplines and professional areas. New NTFs join the Association for National Teaching Fellows.

The NTF award has helped outstanding practitioners to advance their career and become champions for teaching excellence within their institutions and further afield and inspire colleagues. See the HEA NTF pages for more information about the scheme and follow the @heaacademy on Twitter for updates.

Nominations for NTFS 2018 are now closed.


Stories from existing National Teaching Fellows

The Higher Education Academy has created a set of short video clips in which recent National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) share their experience of becoming an NTF and what this award means to them:


The Association of National Teaching Fellows blog has an article: What do people get out of being a National Teaching Fellow?


NTFs at Manchester Met

All of the current Manchester Met Fellows are happy to mentor aspiring NTFs and offer support with applications. Click on a Fellow for further details about their areas of interest and contact details.

Chrissi Nerantzi
Chrissi Nerantzi 2015

kirsten jack
Kirsten Jack 2014

mark langan
Mark Langan 2013

Current role: Principal Lecturer in Academic CPD
Focus of NTF application: creativity and open education
Twitter id: @chrissinerantzi
Personal website/institutional page
HEA Fellowship page

Current role: Reader (Learning & Teaching)
A focus of my application was the use of innovative pedagogy to support health professionals to explore and manage their emotions. In the claim, I reflected on how I had used the arts, for example, poetry, to support emotional self-awareness development. This had led to the development of a website, Caring Words, which encourages health care students to share their experiences through reflective poetry writing.
Twitter id: @Heijinxs
HEA Fellowship page

Current role: Professor of Higher Education
Focus of NTF application: HE metrics/student surveys, learner autonomy, peer and self-assessment, fieldwork, educational journal editorship
Twitter id: @AMarkLangan
Personal website/institutional page
HEA Fellowship page

nicola whitton
Nicola Whitton 2013

claire hamshire
Claire Hamshire 2012

jo verran
Jo Verran 2011

Current role: Professor of Professional Learning
My NTF application was based around my research and practical work in learning technology, games, and playful approaches to teaching and learning.
Twitter id: @nicwhitton
Personal website: play think learn
HEA Fellowship page

Current role: Emeritus Professor
The prime focus of my NTF application was the exploration of the use of the arts and humanities for teaching microbiology, and to enhance students’ science communication skills – as well as my own.
Twitter id: @JoVerran

In this video, Professor Joanna Verran talks about her experience of being a National Teaching Fellow and what impact it has had several years on:

Applying for Fellowship


On an annual basis, institutions in England and Wales who are members of the HEA have the opportunity to support up to three NTF applications by members of staff teaching or supporting learning.

NTF applications need to evidence the following:

  • enhancing and transforming the student learning experience both within and beyond the nominee's own and immediate institutional context
  • supporting colleagues in their teaching and learning work
  • developing their own excellence in teaching


NTFS 2018 HEA Guidance for instututions and individuals (pdf)

In this video, Professor Jo Verran offers advice on the application process:

If you aspire to become an NTF, consider also joining the local #creativeHE community