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NTFS and CATE Awards

National Teaching Fellowship Scheme and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2022

Advance HE has opened this year’s National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) with submission deadlines of 9 March 2022 and 16 March 2022 respectively.

The NTFS recognises, rewards and celebrates individuals working in UK higher education who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession.

In 2022, the University can nominate up to three individual members of staff who teach and/or support learning in higher education for the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. The NTFS 2022 Guidance document provides details about the Scheme and the criteria.

The CATE recognises and celebrates collaborative work that has had a demonstrable impact on teaching and learning. The Scheme highlights the key role that teamwork plays in higher education. Each award will recognise a team which has enabled a change in practice for colleagues and/or students at an institutional or discipline level.

The University can nominate one Core Team (between 3 and 15 key members) that can clearly demonstrate impact on teaching and learning through collaboration.

Each team should demonstrate direct engagement with higher education students. Although there is no requirement for students to be members of the team, a team should clearly demonstrate how students are directly engaged in their work. The CATE 2022 Guidance provides details about the Scheme and the criteria.

To apply to go forward as a nominee to either Scheme, colleagues are invited to submit an expression of interest and detailed bullet points indicating how they would meet the criteria outlined in the Award guidelines - these should be sufficiently detailed to allow the internal selection panel to make an informed decision.

This should be emailed to Liz McDowell ( by Thursday 13 January 2022. Advice and support to develop and format the applications for submission to Advance HE will be provided to the nominees by the Centre for Educational Development. Queries can be directed to

CED Support Session:  NTFS/CATE Writing Workshop

The Centre for Educational Development is running a 2-part Writing Workshop for colleagues who are interested in applying to be one of the Queen's nominees to the NTFS or CATE this year, or want to start thinking about an application for next year. The workshops will focus on supporting potential nominees to effectively address the NTF and CATE criteria, which are in the relevant Guidance Notes.

You can register to attend on iTrent by 30th November 2020 using the links below.

Part 1: 30 November 2021:  2.00 pm – 3.00 pm     Register to attend via iTrent

Part 2:  5 January 2022: 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm          Register to attend via iTrent

NTFS Roadshows

The Association of National Teaching Fellows are hosting virtual events on Thinking about an application, A conversation with successful NTFs and Polishing your application.  These sessions are free to colleagues in Queen's.  Dates and further details are available on the Advance HE website. 

New National Teaching Fellow in Queen's

We are delighted to announce that Dr Aidan McGowan, School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science received a National Teaching Fellowship in 2021 for his outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.

Professor David Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education and Students, said:

"I am delighted to congratulate Dr Aidan McGowan on receiving national recognition of his contribution to education and online practice – particularly at a time when online delivery has been of critical importance in enabling universities to continue to educate and support our students through lockdowns and restrictions. This experience has highlighted for many institutions how digital approaches can complement and enhance student learning opportunities. Dr McGowan will be an excellent ambassador for online learning and the education of computer science, as well as for Queen's University Belfast, within the National Teaching Fellow community."

Queen's University National Teaching Fellowship Winners

The following Queen's colleagues are National Teaching Fellows:

Dr Aidan McGowan, 2021

Professor Lezley-Anne Hanna, 2018

Professor Gerry Gormley, 2018

Professor Philip Hanna, 2017

Dr Joe Duffy, 2014

Dr Tess Maginess, 2013

Prof Brian Whalley, 2008

Mr David Gibson, 2007

Prof B Milton-Edwards, 2004

Professor Vicki Tariq, 2003

Professor Carol McGuinness, 2001