Gaining teaching experience
Teaching can provide you with rewarding and valuable experiences both while you are at the University and for your future career. There are a number of ways to gain experience in teaching (Domain D3 on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework), the most common being to lecture as part of an undergraduate module, leading undergraduate seminars and lab demonstration.
Depending on the school you are in you will be required to contribute 6 hours per week to the School. This is often in the form of teaching. However, what if there are no openings in the department? How can you gain teaching experience during your research degree?
Tutoring is one way to gain experience working one on one. You could tutor sixth formers or undergraduates or both. Increasingly, matching tutors to students happens online and one of the better known services is Tutorfair.The website is easy to use and also has a mobile app. Tutorfair also has a charitable branch which enables volunteer placements in schools, or, if you have a good Maths GCSE, volunteer tutoring online.
The BrilliantClub is a charity that works more specifically with PGRs and postdoctoral researchers and allows them to deliver enrichment activities to small groups of pupils within state schools. Training and practical support is provided. To find out more and apply, visit the BrilliantClub website.
If you are in your third year and nearing completion of your PGR research, why not volunteer to give a guest lecture? Identify the course or module which most closely matches your research, contact the module tutor and offer to give a lecture. It might be helpful to include a brief summary or outline of what you might be able to offer.
Get involved with widening participation initiatives such as European Researchers’ Night.
You may also wish to ask your:
- School PGR administrator
- Fellow PGRs
And look at our University Jobs webpages for part-time teaching opportunities.
Researcher Development Programme
There may also be opportunities to contribute to the Researcher Development Programme, which provides and facilitates training for researchers at all levels University-wide. If you have an idea and would be willing to offer a workshop which complements the existing programme, please contact the Researcher Environment Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Researcher Environment Team are happy to meet for an informal discussion to help you develop a session plan.
Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
PGRs who have a certain amount of teaching experience in Higher Education may be interested in applying for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme
The Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme (TAPP) is targeted at PGRs who will be undertaking, or would like to undertake, teaching or supervision of students at the University in addition to their PGR role. The programme consists of a series of four daylong workshops, each of which will focus on aspects of teaching, supervision or assessment.
The sessions are very practical, providing real ideas and techniques which can be used with groups of students. The programme concludes with a micro-teaching practice session where all participants deliver a short session to fellow delegates. PGRs can enrol on this course via SkillsForge and must attend all elements of the course to receive the certificate of completion.