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The Advance HE (previously HEA) has operated the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme for a number of years and recently introduced a new Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence.

Ulster University has had success in applications for Advance HE’s prestigious NTFS and CATE awards in recent years.

You can read about recent winners here.

To continue this successful record and to support colleagues who are demonstrating educational excellence we would like to encourage you to think about whether this is something for you (or for someone else you know).

Our aim is to develop a pool of potential applicants working towards future submissions.

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTF)

If you feel you meet you can answer these statements, you might want to consider your readiness for NTFS:

  • Have you had a transformative impact on students’ learning experiences?
  • Have you used your experiences to promote these excellent approaches more widely and impactfully (in Ulster and externally)?
  • Have you developed your own approaches, skills and knowledge through ongoing professional learning?

Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE)

If you feel you meet you can answer these statements, you might want to consider your team’s readiness for CATE:

  • Has your team worked in a collaborative way to enhance the student experience?
  • Can you show sustained impact that has had wider influence (at Ulster and more widely)

Explore further

If this is something that you would like to explore further please contact Dr Sarah Floyd to set up a meeting to discuss NTFS and Dr Roisín Curran to discuss CATE.

Following this discussion if you wish to be considered  as a potential applicant for  submission  in the 2022 round, you will be required to submit a draft NTFS or CATE application to by noon on September 6th 2021 using the Templates below.

If you have any questions or need further advice please get in touch.

Ulster Recipients of National Teaching Fellowships



  • Professor Anthony Cook



  • Sandra Griffiths



  • Professor Desmond Hunter

Ulster Success in the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence


The IWISE (Institutional-wide approach to Improving Student Engagement) team 

Shortlisted Finalists