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Teaching and Supervising

Raised fingersMany research staff are expected to take on a teaching load, be it tutorials, lab demonstrations or lecturing. The experience itself is a valuable addition to the CV, regardless of whether one plans to remain in academia or not. The ability to supervise, direct, develop and tutor others is a highly bankable skill in any workplace.

The University and individual Schools are obliged to provide training to support research staff, teaching fellows and research postgraduates who are allocated a teaching load. The Centre for Academic, Professional and Organisational Development (CAPOD) administers this training, though School-specific training should also be made available.

All academics, teaching fellows and research staff who teach are encouraged to attend relevant workshops on the Academic Staff Development Programme. These are focused, interactive workshops on a wide range of topics (eg Assessment and feedback, Effective lecturing, Small group teaching) that are delivered by academics for their academic colleagues. Please note that certain workshops are required for staff engaging in teaching for the first time.

Research postgraduate students are required to attend two mandatory workshops delivered by CAPOD before they can be allocated a teaching load.

In addition to the range of workshops on offer, staff and PGR students can enrol on the optional, 10-credit Masters-level modules “Introduction to University Teaching 1 and 2”. These modules are accredited by the Higher Education Academy and confer Associate Fellowship on successful completion of the module. For more information see Support for research postgraduates who teach.