Advance your skills in Facilitation

Facilitation is an extremely useful skill for all researchers , to help manage meetings and working with others, particularly if you work in teams, work with people as part of your research or have opportunities in public engagement. It is also an important leadership skill and an extremely useful skill  to demonstrate for your future career.

The LDC Development Team is offering a new series of short workshops in September to help attendees gain and practise skills in facilitation. The series begins with a webinar to help you learn more about facilitation, followed by a workshop, which expands on the techniques of facilitation and provides practice to learn and practise these techniques. The series concludes with two workshops that focus on designing and facilitating your own teaching session using an experiential learning model.

The workshops are as follows (click on the link for further details and registration):

Date Time Title
19 Sep 12:30 – 13:30 Introduction to Facilitation
20 Sep 13:00 – 16:00 Becoming a Facilitator
26 Sep 13:00 – 16:00 Designing & Facilitating Workshops I
27 Sep 13:00 – 16:00 Designing & Facilitating Workshops II

Note: These events are designed as a series and attendance at each event is strongly recommended before attending the later workshops in this series.

Development Tutor Scheme

The workshops are open to all postgraduate researchers at the University of Liverpool and you can register for each workshop individually to learn facilitation skills, or you can attend these workshops in preparation for the Development Tutor Scheme. This scheme is  open to postgraduate researchers who have completed one year of their PhD. The scheme includes:

  • Training in facilitation
  • Observation sessions
  • Paid engagement to assist at LDC Development workshops and webinars
  • Opportunity to design and deliver your own short workshops or webinars, that form part of the LDC Development programme, with support from the LDC Development team

Registration for this scheme is open throughout the year and you can view further details of the scheme on our website:
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/ tutors/

LDC Development Team

Upcoming webinars to introduce the Researchers in Schools programme

The Researchers in Schools programme is a national programme that offers a direct and supported route into teaching in UK schools, post your PhD, that is dedicated for PhD Researchers. You can find out more by attending one of their free upcoming webinars on the 28th March or 4th April

Details for times and registration are on their website at http://www.researchersinschools.org/

Introduction from  the organisers: The Researchers in Schools programme is the world’s only fully-salaried route into teaching tailored exclusively to PhD researchers. We look for candidates with a desire to improve the educational prospects of pupils across the country and outstanding interpersonal skills to train to become classroom teachers. As a subject leader within your school, you’ll help support pupils, regardless of background, to excel and progress to higher education.
Webinar dates: 28th March  4th April
Join our webinar to find out more about what a career in teaching with RIS can offer you. You’ll hear about how our programme is specifically designed for doctoral researchers as well as the many unique benefits the programme can offer you, including:
• The salary and salary uplift scheme, supported by the Department for Education
• The structured fully-funded teacher training
• One day per week of protected time to focus on improving outcomes for pupils from underrepresented backgrounds, promoting university access and research
• The honorary academic status awarded from a research-intensive university
If you’re looking to build a rewarding and long-lasting career that allows you to use your PhD to directly impact on the educational outcomes of pupils, sign-up and find out more.

Expand your Facilitation Skills and join our paid Developer Tutor Scheme

The LDC Development Team offer a series of workshops to help you develop skills in facilitation. Facilitation skills can help you manage meetings and work with others, particularly if you work in teams, work with people as part of your research or have take part in public engagement. Such skills are also extremely useful for your future career.

These workshops also form part of our Development Tutor Scheme, which is open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool in the second year onwards of their degree. The scheme provides both training and practise in experiential teaching, and includes paid teaching opportunities within the LDC Programme and the support to help you develop your own workshops or webinars.

The workshops are as follows and are open to all researchers, whether or not you join the tutor scheme:

Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation*     21st March  12:30 -13:30

Asking Good Questions as a Facilitator  11th April  13:00 – 15:00

Becoming a Facilitator   16th May  13:00 – 15:00

Facilitating Meetings       23rd May  13:00 – 15:00

Designing & Facilitating Experiential Learning Exercises   6th June    13:00 – 15:00

Designing & Facilitating Development Workshops   7th June   13:00 – 15:00

*Note: Attendance at the webinar is recommended prior to  attendance at the other workshops.

Further information and registration for the Development Tutor Scheme can be viewed on our website https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/offering/tutors/ and applications are welcome throughout the year.

LDC Development Team

Two Part-time Teaching Opportunities to support our online courses in communicating research

Would you like to learn and engage in online teaching and development in a paid part-time position?

The LDC Development Team require part-time support for each of two online courses, primarily aimed at new researchers, (follow the above links for full course descriptions) :

Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Sciences Online
Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Humanities and Sciences Online

For either role you should be a PhD researcher in at least your second year at the University of Liverpool and working in a discipline related to the specific course.

The courses are delivered over a ten-week period and we require a contribution of half a day per week, starting the week of the 22nd or January. The roles can be undertaken on a flexible basis at times to fit in with your research and other work. Within this role, you will work with the course organiser to develop and engage participants in online discussions, help in creating supplementary materials for the course and to provide feedback to support participants in their development.

For these roles, experience of participation in an online environment and teaching experience will be useful, together with experience of writing for the wider public outside your research field and knowledge of the difficulties faced by part-time or off-site students. Preference will be given to those who have previously completed the course in previous years and/or have taken part in our workshops in facilitation. Technical skills are not necessary for this post.

Guidance and informal training will be provided and the roles offer opportunities to explore teaching ideas within an interactive online environment.

For further Tutor Details, please contact me, Dr Shirley Cooper directly at Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk.

Payment: is at Grade 4 , point 14 for an average of 3.5 hours per week.

Applications: To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Shirley Cooper Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk by the end of 8th January 2018. The covering letter should describe your interest in this post and what you think you can bring to this course.

Do you teach? Develop your practice and get recognition!

PGR in front of a class

Many postgraduate researchers get involved with teaching during their studies. You may have opportunities to work as a demonstrator in practical classes or as a tutor leading small group tutorials. Or maybe you have the opportunity to develop lectures for larger group, assist in marking and assessment or supervising junior research students.

New to teaching?

Taking on such responsibilities can be a daunting task for anyone, but you are not alone. There is a lot of support available, including a series of workshops delivered by the Academic Development team. We start the autumn term with workshops for new demonstrators (26th and 28th September) and a workshop on small group teaching (27th September). Details and booking can be found here: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/cll/booking/

Experienced GTA?

For those of you with more teaching experience, we offer a scheme to help you develop your teaching skills further. Our GTA Recognition Scheme is aimed at PGRs with at least one year of teaching experience, and leads to recognition as Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Becoming an Associate Fellow of the HEA allows you to use the post-nominal letters AFHEA, and signals to potential future academic employers that you have some experience in teaching and that you approach your teaching in a research-informed and reflective manner. HEA Associate Fellowship is recognised throughout UK Higher Education, and may also be useful if you are planning to look for academic work within Europe. It is less well recognised further afield, but one of the key aims of this programme is that it helps you to become a better-informed and more reflective teacher, and this is likely to make you a more credible candidate for any role that involves teaching in Higher Education.

The GTA Recognition Scheme involves two compulsory workshops (4 October and 8 May) and a series of 5 monthly group meetings. For more information or to sign up for the scheme, get in touch with Dr. Eli Saetnan (saetnan@liverpool.ac.uk).
Deadline for registration on the GTA Recognition Scheme is 15th September.

Further details

For more information on GTA training, including dates of all workshops for 2017-18 and details for the GTA Recognition Scheme, check out the current GTA handbook by following the link below or contacting Dr. Eli Saetnan (saetnan@liverpool.ac.uk).

GTA handbook 2017_18

New Workshops in Facilitation and opportunities for paid practice in professional development workshops

Facilitation is an extremely useful skill for a researcher, to help manage meetings and work with others, particularly if you work in teams, work with people as part of your research or have opportunities in public engagement. It is also an extremely useful skill to be able to demonstrate for your future career.

The LDC Development Team is offering a new series of short workshops for September/October to help attendees gain and practise skills in facilitation. The series begins with a webinar to help you learn more about facilitation, followed by workshops focuses on specific aspects and practice to learn and practise some  essential techniques in facilitation. The series includes two workshops to help you  apply the techniques to develop your own teaching sessions that focus on experiential learning.

The workshops are as follows (click on the link for further details and registration):

Date Time Title
06 Sep 12:30 – 13:30 Introduction to Facilitation
07 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Asking Good Questions as a Facilitator
20 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Becoming a Facilitator
21 Sep 13:00 – 15:00 Facilitating Meetings
04 Oct 13:00 – 15:00 Designing & Facilitating Experiential Learning Exercises
05 Oct 13:00 – 15:00 Designing & Facilitating Development Workshops

Note: Attendance at the webinar is recommended for attendance at the other workshops. Some of the workshop replace the full-day workshop, ‘Facilitation Methods and their Application in the Development of PGRs’ presented in 2016/17. The webinar and workshops will be repeated later in 2018.

New Development Tutor Scheme

The workshops are open to all postgraduate researchers at Liverpool and you can register for each workshop singly, or you can attend these workshops in preparation for the new Development Tutor Scheme  that is being offered to postgraduate researchers in 2017-18. The scheme includes:

  •  training in facilitation,
  • observation sessions,
  • paid engagement at workshops, including assisting in LDC Development team webinars, but you are encouraged, and supported, to design and deliver your own short workshops
  •  the development of online materials to support the postgraduate community at Liverpool.

Registration for this scheme formally opens at the start of Oct 2017, but you can view further details of the scheme on our website:
https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/offering/tutors/

LDC Development Team

The Brilliant Club – Information event – Weds 18th January

The Brilliant Club Placements: A meaningful, paid opportunity for PhD students and postdoctoral researchers to teach their own research!

 Next Information event:   Wednesday 18th January, Careers & Employability Service

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Over the course of the academic year 2015-2016 we placed almost 400 researchers to work in schools across London, the South East, the Midlands, the North East and North West of England, where they worked with over 8000 high performing pupils.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

The Brilliant Club will be running an information event where doctoral and post-doctoral researchers can find out more:

  • Wednesday 18th January, Careers & Employability Service, first floor of the Student Services Centre, 150 Mount Pleasant, L69 3GD, 16:00-17:00

If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more, please visit our website where you can a video including past PhD Tutors:  http://www.thebrilliantclub.org/the-brilliant-club-for-researchers/get-involved/

Applications have now opened for the summer term placements and early applications are encouraged.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to email us at apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

Part-time Teaching Opportunity to support our online course in Communicating Research in the Sciences

Would you like to learn and engage in online teaching and development in a paid part-time position?

Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Sciences Online (0.1 FTE)

PGR Development have an opportunity for part-time support for our online course, primarily aimed at new researchers in the Sciences or Engineering. Full Course description

For this role you should be a PhD researcher in at least your second year, or have recently completed a PhD at Liverpool and are currently based in the University in either the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences or the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The course is delivered over a ten-week period and we require a contribution of half a day per week to start the week of the 30th January. This role can be undertaken on a flexible basis at times to fit in with your research and other work. Within this role, you will work with the course organiser to develop and engage participants in online discussions, help the delivery of supplementary webinars and support participants to develop their communication skills through their ‘research blog’ or video produced in the course.

—  Further Tutor Details available on enquiry

Experience of participation in an online environment and teaching experience will be useful, together with knowledge of the difficulties faced by part-time or off-site students. Technical skills are not necessary for this post.

Guidance and informal training will be provided and the roles offer opportunities to explore teaching ideas within an interactive online environment.

If you would like further information about the course, please contact me, Dr Shirley Cooper directly at Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk.

Applications

To apply for this position, please send a CV and covering letter to Dr Shirley Cooper Shirley.Cooper@liverpool.ac.uk by the end of 11th January 2017.

The Brilliant Club – Tutor Information session 17th October

1 -2 pm 17th October,
Careers and Employability centre, 150 Mount Pleasant
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Please email Ben Toleman at  email  at btoleman@liverpool.ac.uk to confirm your attendance.

The Brilliant Club Placements: A paid opportunity for PhD researchers to teach their own research!

Widening Participation recently engaged in a pilot project with the Brilliant Club to support a new school based Outreach programme and are now offering places on an extension of this programme.

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning charity that recruits, trains and pays doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to small tutorial groups of high-performing pupils in schools that serve communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

Tutors are placed in a school to work with two groups of four or six high-performing pupils, delivering a series of tutorials that takes them beyond the curriculum and help to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition necessary to secure places at top universities. Tutors will be supported by a training programme consisting of two full-day sessions and will accompany their pupils on a university trip, which will include their introductory tutorial.

In addition to earning £450 per placement, successful candidates will gain valuable teaching experience, enhance their knowledge of the UK education system and develop a programme of tutorials drawing on elements of their own research with a chance to disseminate it to a non-expert audience. As well as this, they will also join a cohort of like-minded researchers who are interested in widening access to highly-selective universities.

If you have any queries please contact Ben Tolemon, Widening Participation at btoleman@liverpool.ac.uk.

Part-time Teaching Opportunities to support and enhance PGR Development provision

Would you like to enhance your teaching portfolio with experience in professional development?

Are you looking for opportunities to practice and enhance your facilitation techniques in paid part-time teaching?

PGR Development would like to expand the involvement of researchers within the programme of professional development and are looking to expand the number of paid opportunities for PhD researchers to gain teaching experience within this area.

To achieve this we are inviting interest from current PhD students who are interested in involvement in any of the following areas:

  • Developing your own workshops, with support from PGR Development
  • Developing shorter sessions, on your own or with colleagues, that are part of longer workshops or for webinars
  • As Assistant tutor in PGR Development Programme on workshops such as:
    • One day workshops for new researchers on campus
    • Online courses on ‘Communicating research’
    • Webinar support for the development of new sessions or assistance in delivery
    • Half day presentation sessions on campus

If you have any further ideas please sign up to our expression of interest form below and add a summary of your ideas to this form in the space provided.

Guidance and informal training will be provided for any acceptable proposals, through our Facilitation workshops and in further small group sessions.

Note: we can only support development in professional development, as opposed to subject training and our workshops are offered at either Faculty level or to PGRs from across the University.

Any teaching delivery normally takes place on campus, but would be on a flexible basis at times to fit in with your research and other work.  All delivery would be administered and marketed by PGR Development.

If you are interested to explore or gain further involvement in any of the opportunities listed above, please add your name to our expression of interest form.

Expression of interest form

We will contact all on this list and arrange small group sessions to help you learn more of the opportunities within our programme or to develop your ideas.