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Issue 475, 21 January 2002

University Teaching Fellowship Scheme

The HEFCE has created the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) which annually recognises and rewards 20 individual staff who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and support for student learning, by presenting awards of 50,000 to each successful candidate. Professor Ian Hughes from the University's School of Biomedical Sciences is a current award holder. The winners are required to use the award money to develop an aspect of teaching and learning either in their own discipline or more widely, within a three-year period.

Each higher education institution in England and Northern Ireland has been invited to select one candidate as its nominee for a NTFS award for this, the third year of the scheme. The details are available on the NTFS website (See NTFS 2002 criteria, application guidelines & further information in particular). Paper copies are available from Chris Butcher (contact details below).

In addition, in keeping with the University's Learning and Teaching Strategy, this year the University has established a University Teaching Fellowship Scheme (UTFS). In the first instance, a maximum of three staff will be awarded a University Teaching Fellowship based on demonstrated outstanding contributions to teaching and/or development of student learning, and a project proposal. The Fellowships will have a lifetime of three years during which each Teaching Fellow will have access to project funding of 25,000 in total and will receive an annual honorarium of 1,000. Details of the scheme can be downloaded at

The University's nomination to the national scheme (NTFS) will be selected from the nominees for the University Fellowships. A two-stage process will be used to select both the University Teaching Fellows and our nominee for the national competition. Stage one is at departmental level (a single school resource centre for these purposes is defined as a department, which means there is a maximum of 51 nominations) and an abbreviated version of the NTFS application form will be used. Stage two is at University level where the University Teaching Fellows and the NTFS nominee will be selected. The successful NTFS nominee will be given support to develop her/his application to match the requirements of the national scheme.

Stage 1

  • only one nomination for a University Teaching Fellowship may be made by each department, which means that each department will need to decide a mechanism for selecting their nominee (this could be the Learning & Teaching Committee for example)
  • all nominations must be made according to the proforma – which can be downloaded at – and must adhere to the maximum word count
  • the nominee must be willing, in the event of becoming the University's nominee to the NTFS, to develop her/his form in order to satisfy the requirements of the national scheme in the agreed timeframe and should be familiar with the demands that the national Fellowship will make
  • the nomination must be signed by the head of department and should include a supporting statement
  • due account of the criteria that will be used by the NTFS National Advisory Panel (who will decide the eventual twenty national Fellowship winners) must be taken – only exceptional candidates should be nominated
  • documentary evidence to support nominations will not be asked for as part of the selection process, but any statements made on a form should be verifiable
  • the departmental nomination should be sent to Chris Butcher, SDDU, Baines Wing/Great Hall no later than 5.00pm on Thursday 24 January 2002. This deadline will be strictly adhered to. Please submit nominations as early as possible.

Stage 2

  • All nominations will be reviewed by a panel chaired by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Pearman, comprising the eight Faculty Deans for Learning and Teaching
  • the decisions of the panel will be based on the criteria that will be used in the national competition, and their decision will be final
  • the University Teaching Fellows will be announced on Friday 1 February 2002
  • the nominee for the national scheme will be required to develop their application in time for the deadline of Friday 15 February 2002.

If you have any questions about the above please contact Chris Butcher in SDDU on 34047 or

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