The Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS)

The UK Higher Education Academy's role is to be a nationwide focus for enhancing teaching, learning and students' experiences in higher education.

The Higher Education Academy works with institutions, discipline groups and individual staff within the four countries of the UK:

  • Informing policy: an authoritative and independent voice on policies that influence student learning experiences.


  • Supporting institutions: working with universities and colleges to enhance the quality of teaching and student experiences.


  • Leading the development of research and evaluation to improve the student experience.


  • Supporting learning: working with institutions and academics to enhance the quality of teaching and learning.


  • Working to advance the professional status of staff involved in teaching and student support.


  • Providing subject-specific support to academics and disciplines through our network of subject centres.


  • The Higher Education Academy's mission is to help institutions, discipline groups and all staff to provide the best possible learning experience for their students.

    Its strategic aims and objectives are:
    • to be an authoritative and independent voice on policies that influence student learning experiences.

    • to support institutions in their strategies for improving the student learning experience.

    • to lead, support and inform the professional development and recognition of staff in higher education.

    • to promote good practice in all aspects of support for the student learning experience.

    • to lead the development of research and evaluation to improve the quality of the student learning experience.

    • to be a responsive, efficient and accountable organisation.
    The Higher Education Academy's National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). It has two separate strands: Individual Awards and Projects, with total funding per year of £2.5 million. InCurriculum is part of the project strand, which presents opportunities for higher education institutions to work with National Teaching Fellows to build on current expertise for their own benefit and that of the wider higher education sector. Teams are able to bid for funds of up to £200,000 for use over a period of up to three years.

    InCurriculum was awarded funds in 2007. For a list of projects funded in 2007 and 2008, see the Higher Education Academy's website.

    For more details please visit: Education Subject Centre
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