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.

Further webinars … and a new course in Facilitation

Following our recent announcement of upcoming events, we are now able to arrange booking for two further series of events, as outlined below.

New Dates in our webinars Series

We can now offer three further dates for the webinar series begun in January, with a repeat of the two sessions offered previously and a new webinar in Project management.

Please follow the links below for further details and to book a place:

  1. Webinar: Managing the research writing process   9th May 12:30 -13:30
  2. Webinar: Enhancing your Research Presentations   16th May 12:30 -13:30
  3. Webinar: Project Management for PhD Researchers – an Introduction 23rd May 12:30 -13:30

Please see our website for further information on this webinar series.

New course in Facilitation

This May we are piloting a new course to help participants develop their facilitation skills, for use in their teaching, their current research roles or longer term aspirations. During the sessions participants are encouraged to plan their own action plans for further development. Participation may also lead to paid roles within PGR professional development.

Please follow the links below for further details and to book a place*:

  1. Webinar: Introduction to Facilitation in the Research Environment   11th May 12:30 -13:30
  2. Facilitation methods and application   19th May  9:15 – 12:30
  3. Applying Facilitation as Professional Development    26th May 9:15 – 12:30

*Participants will need to register for each session separately, but please note that the webinar provides essential preparation for the following two half-day workshops.

We hope to be able to repeat this offering in Autumn 2016.

Placement Opportunities with March deadlines: in secondary schools and through the LDC placement scheme

Are you looking for a short placement to gain further experience outside the academic environment?

Here we provide details of two type of placement, both of which have March deadlines for application:

  1. To develop your teach skills and deliver your own sessions in secondary schools through the Brilliant club.
  2. To take a placement outside academia in commerce, local government or a charitable organisation, through the LDC placement scheme.

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

This summer PGR Development and Widening Participation are engaging in a pilot project with the Brilliant Club to support a new school based Outreach programme and are offering 5-10 places *.

Once accepted, engagement with this programme offers:

  • An opportunity to deliver a series of tutorials to groups or 4 -6 high performing school pupils to communicate elements of your own research
  • Attend a 2 day tutor  training programme to enhance your teaching skills
  • A payment of  £450 per placement
  • Give help to high-performing pupils from communities with a low participation rate in Higher Education.

*You will need to apply direct to the Brilliant Club before the assessment centre visit to Liverpool on the 22nd March.

>> further details .

2.      LDC Pilot Placement Scheme – Phase Two

The second phase of the LDC Pilot Placement scheme is now underway, enabling students to apply for a £500 bursary to undertake a placement outside of academia. There are many benefits of this including increased employability, networking opportunities and new insights that you may apply to your current or future research.

Students may apply to do a 15 day placement through the LDC Pilot scheme, in one of two ways:

  1. Apply for one of the many placement opportunities that are listed on LDC Placements intranet. New opportunities are being rolled out throughout so do visit regularly to avoid missing out.
  1. Those who want to put forward their own ideas for a placement, may make a collaborative application with a partner organisation. The £500 bursary is awarded to the postgraduate research student if the application is successful.

Details of how to apply for any of the below opportunities and a £500 bursary, before the 28th March deadline may be found here.

Part-time Teaching Opportunities to support our online courses

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

PGR Development have two opportunities for part-time support for our online courses. Both roles can be mostly undertaken on a flexible basis at times to fit in with your research and other work.

For both roles you should be a PhD researcher in at least your second year, or have recently completed a PhD at Liverpool and are currently working in the University.

Submission for these positions is now closed.
The courses begin on either 11th or 25th January 2016.

Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Sciences Online (0.1 FTE)
This 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 11th January. Within this role you will work with the course tutor 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.

Applicants are expected to be doing a PhD in a science discipline in either the Faculty of Science and Engineering or the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
Further Details
Interviews will take place in either the week of the 14th Dec or the week of 4th January.

Assistant Tutor for Communicating Research in the Humanities & Social Sciences Online (0.1 FTE)
This course is delivered over a seven week period and we require  a contribution of half a day per week to start the week of the 25th January. Within this role you will work with the course tutor to develop and engage participants in online discussions, and support participants to develop their research ideas through their ‘research blog’ produced in the course.

Applicants are expected to be doing a PhD in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Further Details
Interviews will take place in the weeks of either the 4th or the 11th January.

For both roles, experience of participation in an online environment and teaching experience, together with knowledge of the difficulties faced by part-time or off-site students will be useful. Technical skills are not necessary for either 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 either of the two courses, please contact Dr Shirley Cooper, Shirley.cooper@liv.ac.uk

Applications

To apply for one of these positions, please send a CV and covering letter* to – shirley.cooper@liv.ac.uk by the 8th December 2015.

 

*For further advice see ‘Covering letter guidelines and examples’ from the Careers and Employability service

 

Opportunities to gain teaching experience on an Outreach programme with Merseyside Schools

Deadline for applications: 31st October 2015 for the Expression of Interest Form
Informal Meetings : Nov 2015
Placements: Jan – April 2016

Would you like to gain teaching experience within local Schools?

Are you looking for an Outreach opportunity to disseminate your research to a wider audience?

The Widening Participation & Outreach Team is recruiting PhD Researchers to support a new school based Outreach programme.   Researchers from all three faculties of the University are invited to apply for these paid placements, which will take place between January and April 2016.

The placements comprise of ten 1 hour sessions during which you will deliver subject specific academic workshops. These workshops are intended to raise awareness of subjects that are not offered on the school curriculum, help pupils   increase academic skills and attainment in core subjects and encourage students to consider progressing onto Higher Education.

The placements will be arranged over a 10 week period, at times agreed with yourself and the local school in Merseyside.

Relevant training will be provided to help you deliver workshops at an appropriate level.

 —   Further Information  —- 

To apply for one of these positions, please send a completed Expression of Interest Form to – btoleman@liverpool.ac.uk by the 31st October 2015. You will then be invited for an informal meeting with the programme coordinators.

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