Starting to Teach: Postgraduate Researchers

The purpose of this one day induction session is to set a foundation for interacting with undergraduate students and helping them to learn. It is designed for post-graduate students who have teaching duties as part of their role at the University of Bristol, but who have little or no experience of teaching in Higher Education. The aim of Starting to Teach for PGRs is to enable postgraduates to acquire the knowledge and skills to establish themselves as confident, enthusiastic and effective teachers who are able to engage, encourage and develop students' learning through different teaching scenarios of the laboratory or small group teaching settings such as academic tutorials or seminars.

Attendance is required at one full day teaching session which runs from 10.00 to 16.30. There are two types of sessions available for PGRs to book onto and they should book onto just ONE that reflects the majority of their teaching responsibilities during 2016/17.

Sessions will be run in blocks at the start of each teaching block. To sign up to a session please click on your preferred date and this will take you to our OnCourse booking system where you can book onto the session directly. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis so please ensure you sign up quickly to avoid disappointment. Please also ensure you are teaching this academic year before booking onto a session.


Policy on Postgraduate Research Students Who Teach

All PGR students who undertake teaching must receive appropriate training. This must include:

More details about the University's Policy on Postgraduate Research Students who Teach are available online.


Starting to Teach for PGRs - Lab Demonstrating

This session will explore how to be an effective laboratory demonstrator. The day will include: 

  • The role of the demonstrator as part of the teaching and course team
  • Planning effectively for a teaching session – paying attention to Health and Safety aspects of the laboratory environment
  • Selecting and applying effective lab teaching strategies
  • Identifying and developing strategies for managing student engagement
  • Identifying and developing effective feedback strategies to support students' learning
  • Assessment processes and marking protocols
  • Evaluating and reflecting on your teaching
  • Further development opportunities

Starting to Teach for PGRs - Small Group Teaching

This session will explore how to support students' learning in academic tutorials or seminar teaching. The day will include: 

  • The role of the teacher as part of the teaching and course team
  • Planning effectively for a teaching session
  • Selecting and applying effective small group teaching strategies
  • Identifying and developing strategies for managing student engagement
  • Identifying and developing effective feedback strategies to support students’ learning
  • Assessment processes and marking protocols
  • Evaluating and reflecting on your teaching
  • Further development opportunities

If you have any queries please contact the ASD Team: asd-course@bristol.ac.uk


In addition to Starting to Teach, Academic Staff Development also offer further sessions to enhance teaching practice. The Beyond Starting to Teach programme is also available to all PGRs who teach.