Support for doctoral researchers who teach

Events and training to help you develop, connect and make the most of your time as a PGR who teaches.

Teaching during a research degree can be an immensely rewarding experience that enhances your skillset and helps you prepare for your future career.

Balancing the responsibilities of doctoral teaching with the day-to-day demands of your research can sometimes be a challenge, however.

The Bristol Doctoral College is here to support your development as a teacher by curating practical training, holding knowledge-sharing sessions — and by making it easy for you to connect with other PGRs who teach.

Training through the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme

As part of our University-wide Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme, PGRs who teach have access to a wide range of free workshops, seminars and online resources, regardless of their faculty or funding status.

Visit our course directory to see the full list of opportunities.

Teaching development for PGRs

Teaching development for PGRs is provided by the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching (BILT). See their dedicated PGR website pages for further information about development opportunities, which include the Introduction to HE teaching at Bristol course, a 3-day online course that has been designed for those new to teaching/and or supporting learning including graduate teachers, as well as the CREATE HEA Fellowship Scheme which is an opportunity to consolidate your development and emphasise your professional practice by working towards 'Associate Fellowship of the HEA' status. BILT also provides Blended Teaching Guidance.

Doctoral Teacher Symposium

This day-long Bristol Doctoral College event is an opportunity for PGRs who teach to meet their peers, share best practice and discuss the main opportunities and challenges they face — whatever faculty they’re in or stage they’re at in their research degree.

You can get a flavour of the event from this short round-up video from our 2018 Doctoral Teacher Symposium. 

Get in touch

Want to find out more about how we support PGRs who teach? Contact the Bristol Doctoral College.

Teaching as a transferable skill

Watch Dr Bryony Enright of the Careers Service share expert advice on career options for PGRs who teach.

Digital Education Office

Find out about the Digital Education Office's support and training for PGRs who teach.


Visit the Bristol Institute for Learning and Teaching (BILT) pages for information on their resources, opportunities and upcoming events.

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