Supporting research students who teach

The New to Teaching Workshop

This is a very practical two day course designed to give PGRs a range of practical hints and tips on how to plan and deliver a teaching session.

Action Learning Groups

These are small groups of up to eight PhD students who are currently (or are contemplating becoming) involved in teaching and/or supporting undergraduate students with their learning. The group meets approximately every two months to work together on issues or challenges people  encounter with their teaching.

The Post Graduate Certificate Learning and Teaching in HE

From September 2008, all PhD students registered with University of Chester have been able to undertake this programme, free of charge. The first of the three modules is accredited by the Higher Education Academy at D1 and leads to Associate Fellowship of the Academy. This is the route we recommend for PhD students who are doing a significant amount of teaching/supporting learning, but perhaps not involved in assessment. The full programme is accredited with the Higher Education Academy at D2 and successful completion leads to Fellowship of the Academy. This is of course much more demanding than taking a single module and PGRs, and their supervisors, need to be confident that undertaking such a commitment would not have a negative impact on PhD studies.

Workshops and seminars

We also run ad hoc workshops, aimed at developing skills of teaching and assessment, throughout the year. PGRs are welcome to attend all workshops and seminars hosted by the LTI, free of charge. These are advertised to PGRs via the general intranet and the Graduate School.

Gaining recognition

PGRs are encouraged to gain recognition at a HEA Descriptor appropriate to their role, via the CPD framework in the same way as University staff.