Beyond Starting to Teach Programme


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Beyond Starting to Teach 2018/19

Supporting Students Transitions; as a PGR who teaches

This is the third year Academic Staff Development have designed a programme of themed sessions to enhance teaching excellence for PGRs with teaching to complement the other teaching developments we offer, Starting To Teach and CREATE for PGRs. This year we have designed a programme of themed sessions on Supporting Students Transitions; as a PGR who teaches. We will discuss in these sessions how approaches to teaching and learning in your PGR role can support students coming into, moving through and progressing out of higher education and to reflect on and share experiences from across Bristol and examples from across the HE sector.    

The structure of the sessions this year will begin with a short pre-session task (approx. 10 minutes) that will orientate you to the session and ensure you get the most out of the face-to-face session, the workshop itself (see below re timings) and an opportunity to contribute to post-sessional discussion forums. The sessions themselves will be 90-minute-long (12-1.30pm or 1-2.30pm, so please bring your lunch) and are a great chance to meet fellow PGRs teaching across the university and grow your PGR network.  

To book, please click on the session title in the table below and come along to as many of them as your calendar permits. At the end of the academic year you will recieve a certificate of attendance for all the session you have attended. We look forward to working with you during Beyond Starting to Teach sessions.

Please note that these sessions are part of the CREATE for PGRs scheme, however you do not have to be enrolled onto the CREATE programme to attend. 

Time Session

Thursday 22 November


This session will help you review how your teaching has gone so far this term and offer some strategies to identify what has been working as well as what to adapt and on why and how.  By the end of this session you will be able tidentify and justify what has been working and areas for improvementand to create an individual formative evaluation plan. 


Tuesday 11 December 


This panel session will enable you to hear from experienced PGRs about their teaching experiences at Bristol and how they have developed their own teaching practice. There will be opportunities for q&a to the panel. By the end of this session you will be able to recognise and identify different teaching practices across disciplines and how they resonate with your own experiences. 

Thursday 31 January


This session will explore motivating and re-engaging learners after the Christmas break and assessment period. We will explore how you can facilitate learners to reconnect with their studies and identify areas to develop in their learning and what your role is in supporting learners you teach in your different contexts.  By the end of the session you will be able to recognise the role of motivation in supporting students learning and to identify and analyse how different teaching and learning approaches influence learners motivation.  

Monday 25 February


This session will look at how best to support students in developing not just what to think but how to think in your discipline. By the end of the session you will be able to identify and integrate teaching practices to support your students’ transition to specialists of your discipline. 

Friday 29 March


This session will explore the qualities of an effective learning environment. Strategies to maintain it sustainably will then be discussed. By the end of the session you will be able to identify and analysis the characteristics of an effective and sustainable learning environment and to integrate them to your own practice. 

Monday 29 April


This session will look at enhancing your teaching and your students' learning through simple and popular digital education tools.By the end of the session you will be able to select and justify the relevance of digital tools for your discipline to enhance your teaching practice. 

Tuesday 4 June


Reviewing your teaching over the year - What went well? What feedback did you receive? What might you change and why? By the end of the session you will be able to reflect critically on your teaching,identify the skills you have gained and create an individual formative evaluation plan. 

If you have any suggestions for future topics for a Beyond Starting to Teach session please contact subject title - Beyond Starting to Teach.