National Teaching Fellowships

We can submit up to three applications per year to the HEA for these prestigious awards. About 50 are awarded across the sector each year and there is substantial financial support for winners as well as networking opportunities. The TA will provide specialist guidance to staff who want to make an application for an NTF.

Benefits of NTFs to individuals include:

  • widely recognised in HE in the UK and internationally as difficult to achieve and a mark of quality as awards are made each year from hundreds of nominations
  • opening doors – past NTFs have used the award as a springboard to progress their careers
  • joining a national community of like-minded professionals who are passionate about teaching

More information on the National Teaching Fellowships is available on the HEA website

Recent NTF Award winners at Birmingham:

 Christine Swzed, NTF Award winner 2015

Christine joined the University  as a lecturer in Primary education and has since held the positions of Director of Studies for ITE and Head of Primary ITE. Her research interests cover the area of special needs and management alongside the area of initial teacher training. She was part of the School of Education team responsible for the DfES Transforming the School Workforce Pathfinder Evaluation Project and is particularly interested in the roles and responsibilities of SEN support staff. Her doctoral thesis evaluated the role of the SENCO in primary schools. Chris has also supported  the British University in Dubai in setting up their teacher training programme and is currently undertaking joint research relating to children’s career aspirations.

 "I am delighted and honoured to have received this prestigious award and become part of the  community of national teaching fellows. My particular interests within teaching and learning cover the internationalisation of programmes and the importance of student support. As a qualified teacher and leader in the area of  teacher education the consideration of innovative approaches to teaching and learning is central to my practice. In particular I believe that students learn best in inclusive academic communities where teaching and learning is underpinned with current research and scholarship. I intend to utilise the award to undertake a comparative study relating to programme development in the area of training teachers of children with special educational needs."

NTF awards - Christine Swzed

 More information about Christine is available on her University profile. 

 June Jones NTF Award winner 2015

Dr June Jones is Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Ethics. She is responsible for the ethics curriculum on the MBChB and leads on equality and diversity across the programme. She is College Lead on religious and cultural diversity and College Graduate School Senior Welfare Tutor.

June Jones - National Teaching Awards

More information about June is on her University profile. 

Ruth Whittle NTF Award winner 2014

Dr Ruth Whittle has been a lecturer in German at the University of Birmingham for 20 years. She has widely researched and published in the areas of language study and internationalisation, women in German literature and their role in literary history.

Dr Whittle said: “The NTF will afford me some much-valued freedom to further pursue my teaching research and innovative work with colleagues in the areas of transition and internationalisation; I receive recognition for it from the University, and I have significant opportunities to progress my research with the support of the community of NTFs”.

Michael Grove NTF Award winner 2014

Michael Grove leads the University of Birmingham’s Mathematics Support Centre which was established to ensure undergraduate students have access to prompt support to aid their learning.  His teaching interests include supporting students at the transition to university, particularly in relation to non-specialist learning of mathematics, the teaching of mechanics, enhancing modelling and problem-solving skills. 

Michael Grove said: “I am delighted to be chosen to receive a prestigious NTF. While the award recognises individual contributions to enhancing the student experience, it is also a fitting recognition for the University of Birmingham and its strong commitment to teaching and learning which has allowed me to undertake these activities both institutionally and nationally. The National Teaching Fellowship will provide a great platform upon which to continue my work.”

 Sharon Buckley, NTF Award winner 2010

As Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, Sharon established and now chairs the College Interprofessional Education (IPE) Steering Group. She is educational lead for the Healthcare Team Training Network (West Midlands), a project to support health professionals involved in IPE and simulation across the region; and works with colleagues from local universities and Trusts to expand the IPE opportunities available to pre-registration students.

"My award contributed to the evidence-base for promotion to 
my current role, which has allowed me to develop my educational leadership, to extend my pedagogic scholarship and research and to contribute to wider university educational enhancement" 

Sharon Buckley

More information about Sharon is on her University profile and on the HEA website