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National Teaching Fellowship Scheme

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) 2014

The purpose of the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is to recognise, reward and celebrate individuals who are judged to make an outstanding impact on the student learning experience and provide the means to develop a proactive community of National Teaching Fellows (NTFs).  Up to 55 individual awards of £10,000 will be made in 2014 in recognition of individual excellence. The award is intended to support the National Teaching Fellow’s professional development in teaching and learning pedagogy.

The NTFS 2014 opened on 15 October 2013 and Queen’s has been invited to nominate up to three individual members of staff who clearly demonstrate excellence in teaching and/or supporting the higher education learning experience of students.

Further information is contained in Applying to be a Queen's Nominee.  The closing date for receipt of applications in CED will be 13 November 2013. 

If you have any queries about the Scheme, please contact Linda Carey ( or Ext 3099) or Liz McDowell ( or Ext 5301).

The key dates for NTFS 2014 are below:

• Tuesday 15 October 2013 – Call for nominations - application forms released

• Wednesday 13 November 2013 - Deadline for application for Queen's nominee to the Centre for   Educational Development

• Tuesday 14 January 2014 – Nominations close - deadline for submissions 12 noon

• Thursday 22 May 2014 – Nominees informed of outcome (information embargoed until official announcement date on 12 June 2014)

• Thursday 29 May 2014 - Deadline for successful nominees to submit their finalised profiles and photographs

• Thursday 12 June 2014 – Announcement of NTFS 2014 Fellows

• Wednesday 8 October 2014 – NTFS 2014 Awards Ceremony

Further information about the NTFS is available on the HEA website


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Dr Tess Maginess from the School of Education at Queen's has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2013.  A Senior Teaching Fellow and Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the School, Dr Maginess is one of 55 higher education staff to receive a Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy (HEA) this year.

The successful National Teaching Fellows (NTFs) were chosen from over 180 nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Each will receive an award of £10,000 which will be used to support their professional development in teaching and learning or aspects of pedagogy.

Tess joined Queen’s in 1995 and was later appointed as Senior Teaching Fellow, responsible for the leadership of the adult education Open Learning Programme. Now, as Director of Undergraduate Programmes in the School of Education, she designs new BA modules, teaches and also co-ordinates undergraduate provision in the School.

Dr Maginess said: “'I am just delighted to be offered this great honour and I am very grateful to my Head of School Professor Paul Connolly and Professor Ellen Douglas-Cowie and to my colleagues in the School of Education for their warm support, to Liz McDowell and Linda Carey for their endless patience and to my students, without whose inspiration it would not have been at all possible."

Professor Craig Mahoney, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: "Becoming a National Teaching Fellow is a great honour and will undoubtedly lead to many new and exciting challenges, but I believe that it is students who will benefit most from these awards. Our students deserve the best possible learning experience and it is colleagues like those we celebrate who can make a real difference to their futures.”

The National Teaching Fellowship scheme is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland, and is open to staff

Further details of the NTFS are available on the HEA website.

Previous Queen's National Teaching Fellowship Winners

Prof Brian Whalley NTFS winner 2008 Mr D Gibson - NTFS - winner 2007 Prof Bev Milton-Edward - NTFS winner 2004

Prof Brian Whalley
NTFS Winner 2008
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Mr David Gibson
NTFS Winner 2007
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Prof Beverley Milton-Edwards
NTFS Winner 2004
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Professor Vicki Tariq
NTFS Winner 2003

Professor Carol McGuinness
NTFS winner 2001