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Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund (TQEF)

From 1999 to 2009, the Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund supported developments in learning and teaching. We commissioned an evaluation of the TQEF in 2005. The evaluation showed where impact had been achieved and where further investment was needed.

The full TQEF evaluation report is available.

The fund's initiatives

Between 2006 and 2009, we invested 525 million through the TQEF to support learning and teaching development across the sector, supporting the following initiatives:




The NTFS recognises and rewards individual practitioners who have demonstrated excellence in learning and teaching. NTFS was established as one strand of our Teaching Quality Enhancement Fund.

From 2000 to 2003 there were 20 awards per year with the award holder receiving £50,000 over three years to support their project. From 2004 to 2005 the awards were expanded to 50 fellows per year. From 2006 onwards the award scheme split, with individual awards to 50 fellows receiving £10,000 each, and project awards of up to 200,000 to support development projects in learning and teaching where National Teaching Fellows must be 'principal investigator'. Funding of 2.6 million is paid to the Higher Education Academy to run both these strands.

We continue to invest in CETLs, The Higher Education Academy and the NTFS through TQEF. Our investment in learning and teaching strategies now forms part of the targeted allocation for teaching enhancement and student success (TESS).

Further information

For further information on TQEF contact Alan Palmer, tel 0117 931 7340, e-mail

Last updated 9 October 2009