Develop your teaching skills and gain formal teaching recognition

As the old adage says, the best way to learn something is to teach it so someone else. Teaching can be a very rewarding experience, and many PGRs have opportunities to do so during their PhD. Yet, how confident do you feel in your teaching skills? How do you know if you are doing the right thing? Many PGRs find stepping into the classroom for the first time a very daunting experience.

This is where the Academic Development team can help. We offer introductory workshops for those new to teaching, as well as teaching recognition programmes tailored to your teaching role. Of particular relevance to PGRs who teach are the introductory workshop and the Foundations of Learning and Teaching in HE (FLTHE) programmes.

Introduction to teaching:

For anyone new to teaching at Liverpool, we offer a 1-day workshop called Introduction to Supporting Student Learning. This is an interactive workshop which will give you an introduction to the theory of learning and teaching in Higher Education and chance to discuss techniques for supporting student learning in a range of different contexts.

upcoming dates – Introduction to Supporting Student Learning:
Tuesday 17 September
Tuesday 1 October
Thursday 6 February
Tuesday 11 February

For those who primarily demonstrate in practical classes, we offer two half day workshops: Introduction to Demonstrating and Advanced Demonstrator. The first of these will give you an introduction to the theory of learning and teaching in Higher Education and a chance to practice techniques for engaging students in practical classes. The second session builds on your initial experience to consider how to handle particularly challenging situations as well as how to assess student work.

upcoming dates – Introduction to Demonstrating
Monday 23 September 13:30–16:30
Wednesday 25 September 12:00–15:00
Thursday 3 October 9:30–12:30
Monday 20 January 13:30–16:30
Wednesday 22 January 13:30–16:30

upcoming dates – Advanced Demonstrator:
Wednesday 23 October 13:30–16:30
Wednesday 19 February 13:30–16:30

Further developing your teaching skills and gaining formal recognition – Foundations of Learning and Teaching in HE programme

The FLTHE programme is a developmental programme aimed at those relatively new to teaching in Higher Education. The programme aims to support you in the development of your teaching skills and ideas in the context of your current role, and to increase your understanding and appreciation of alternative approaches and wider viewpoints of teaching and learning issues. Much of the benefit of the course derives from the opportunity to work with peers in similar situations from across the university in a cross-curricular ‘community of practice’, sharing ideas and experiences of teaching. The programme takes approximately 4 months to complete,and successful completion gives you a formal teaching accreditation in the form of Associate Fellow of the HEA.

Our Development Programme for 2019-20

New events, new themes and a new teaching placement scheme

We, in the Liverpool Doctoral College Development team, have now launched our programme for the coming academic year, 2019-20. The workshops and webinars offered in Autumn are now open for registration and a full list of dates for our core programme for the year, organised by our programme themes, can be downloaded below.

Themes display

Programme timetable for Autumn 2019, including links for registration [web link]
LDC Development Programme 2019-2020 [PDF]

Programme themes: A fuller introduction to all our programme themes can be found on our website together with a short video introduction to each theme. This year we have made a slight change to our themes, to separate out the topics of Writing, Presentation and Productivity, which we believe are important topics for the development of all postgraduate researchers.

New sessions: We have several new workshops and webinars in our programme for the coming year, which include:

Regional workshops – Liverpool are part of a regional group of researcher development partners, which have agreed to openly share selected programme sessions.  There are two upcoming workshops offered by LJMU (registration not yet open) which University of Liverpool PGRs may attend.

  • ‘How to be Shy or introverted in academia’ – Thu 5 December, 2-3pm
  • ‘How to write well: some tips for PGRs’ – Wed 22 January, 2-3pm

Brilliant Club: For 2019- 2020, the LDC have an agreement with the Brilliant Club to provide five paid placements for PhD researchers. Under this scheme you would deliver lessons relating to their own research area in local schools, supporting pupils to develop the academic skills, knowledge and confidence needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

To find out more, see the website information on our Careers Theme page or join Webinar: The Brilliant Club: meaningful, paid teaching experience for PhDs at 12:30 on the 13 Nov.

And now,

So what’s your development plan for 2019-20?

September Events for New Researchers

The LDC Development Team are offering two events for new researchers during September.  If you are a newly arrived postgraduate researcher and want to hit the ground running with your PhD, then join us for an opportunity to discuss ideas, meet other researchers from across the University and learn how to make the most of your time during your PhD.

Webinar: What to expect and what to do early in the PhD                                        23 September, 12:30-13:30

Our first event is an hour-long webinar that focuses on helping you feel less daunted during the first few months of a PhD.  This webinar aims to give support to those just starting their PhD, with information on the essentials and guidance on what to expect in the first few months. Specifically we will offer discuss the following topics:            

  • Settling in to your Department/Institute
  • Finding essential support
  • The supervisory relationship
  • Managing your training and Development
  • Good practice in your research There will be time to ask questions about any aspect of the PhD process and share your experiences with other new researchers.

There will be time to ask questions about any aspect of the PhD process and share your experiences with other new researchers.

 Workshop: Taking Ownership of your PhD                                                                26 September, 9:15-6:30

Our second event is a workshop, which has been a quintessential starting point for postgraduate researchers at the University of Liverpool for several years.  This one-day workshop offers new researchers the opportunity to explore how to take ownership of the PhD. Through discussions and activities, you will identify the milestones and planning processes involved in pursuing a PhD and learn how to successfully work with your supervisor. You will also have an opportunity to introduce your research to fellow researchers and plan personal objectives in order to achieve your longer-term professional ambitions. In this workshop you will:

  • Gain a greater understanding of the processes and milestones in the PhD by creating a project plan for the PhD
  • Identify the opportunities for your own professional development to achieve longer terms goals and become a successful researcher
  • Gain a greater understanding of how you can improve and develop the supervisory relationship
  • Network with other PhD researchers to gain a wider understanding of the research environment

The highly experiential format for this workshop offers many opportunities to share your own experiences and gain advice from other PGRs.

And in October…

You might also like to join us for:                                                                           Webinar: Effectively Using the PGR Toolbox                                                               1 October 2019, 12:30-13:30

This webinar helps newly registered PGRs make effective use of the PGR Toolbox in Liverpool Life. The webinar offers a:

  • brief introduction to the Institutional requirements
  • demonstration of how to use the Record of Supervisory Meetings, how to arrange meetings with your supervisors, set an agenda and targets, upload documents, and send Outlook appointments to your supervisors
  • demonstration of how to use the PGR Portfolio of Activity, how to record your training activities, email your portfolio to your supervisor, how to print your portfolio for compiling your CV
  • Opportunity to ask questions and raise any queries or problem you have had using the software

   Unable to attend?  

Don’t worry, we will be running more of these sessions throughout October and November.  However, places fill up fast, so don’t miss out on booking your place.  Visit our website for further details: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/pgr-development/offering/catalogue/

We look forward to meeting you and learning more about your research at one of our upcoming events!