NTF and CATE

National Teaching Fellow and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence

About the Awards  

National Teaching Fellow (NTF) and Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE) celebrate excellent practice and outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. These schemes are well established and recognised in the sector – the first NTF Awards were made in 2000 and the first CATE awards in 2016.

As with our own University of Leeds Teaching Awards these are competitive schemes with no guarantee of a successful outcome for each applicant. This distinguishes them from professional recognition for student education – Associate, Fellow, Senior and Principal Fellowships awarded by Advance HE and overseen and supported locally through our Professional Recognition in Student Education (PRiSE) scheme. The latter are not competitive: if your application demonstrates that you meet the criteria you gain your professional recognition.


How we select our nominees

We can nominate up to 3 NTF applicants and 1 CATE application each year. We primarily identify our potential nominees through our University Teaching Award winners and LITE Fellows, but as we want to ensure we don’t miss other potential nominees, we are also keen to hear from colleagues beyond these groups who are interested in being considered. The nominees will be confirmed each year by the DVC Student Education in consultation with OD&PL and our external advisor, taking account of the award criteria and a commitment to be representative of the diversity of our student educator population.

How we support our nominees

The nominees are supported by the OD&PL Student Education team working alongside an experienced external adviser and an adviser drawn from our previous NTF or CATE award winners. The support provided includes guidance on completing the application form, opportunities to share work in progress and receive feedback, as well ensuring an understanding of the requirements and format. OD&PL also produces the University’s supporting nomination statements in partnership with the DVC for Student Education.


Advance HE Briefings 

Advance HE provides annual briefings for the NTF and CATE awards. We will share further details and the booking links for this year once these are available. This information will also be published on the Advance HE NTF and Advance HE CATE webpages.

Our NTF and CATE Award Holders

Browse a list of our NTF and CATE award holders at Leeds and hear from some of our National Teaching Fellows about their reflections of receiving the award and their advice for others.

NTF & CATE Award Holders