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National Teaching Fellowship

The National Teaching Fellowship awards were introduced by the Higher Education Academy (now AdvanceHE) in 2000. It is a highly competitive scheme and a prestigious award recognised nationally and internationally. Up to 55 HE practitioners receive this award annually for their excellent contributions to learning and teaching in Higher Education from across the UK. Today, there are over 900 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 AdvanceHE NTF pages for more information about the scheme and follow the @heaacademy on Twitter for updates. 'Enhancing the Impact of National Teaching Fellows: Critical Success Factors' is a research paper published by AdvanceHE which examines what makes a difference in successfully developing the impact of NTFs within and beyond the institution.

How to apply for a National Teaching Fellowship »


This podcast features Haleh Moravej sharing her thoughts on winning the NTF Award 2018:


NTFS 2018

haleh moravejHaleh Moravej, Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences from the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care and also a member of the Environment team, has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by AdvanceHE for her excellence in Teaching. Read the CELT blog post on Haleh's achievement »

Stories from existing National Teaching Fellows

The Higher Education Academy has created a set of short videos featuring some of the 2018 NTFS and CATE award winners:


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.

Haleh Moravej
Haleh Moravej 2018

Chrissi Nerantzi
Chrissi Nerantzi 2015

kirsten jack
Kirsten Jack 2014

Current role: Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Sciences, MetMUnch Founder(Environment Team)
Focus of NTF application: sustainability and enterprise in learning and teaching
Twitter id: @halehmoravej
Metmunch website
HEA Fellowship page

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

mark langan
Mark Langan 2013

claire hamshire
Claire Hamshire 2012

jo verran
Jo Verran 2011

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

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


Former Manchester Met Fellow

nicola whitton
Nicola Whitton 2013

Current role: Director of Durham Centre for Academic Development, Durham University
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


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