Support for doctoral researchers who teach

Events and training to help you develop, connect and make the most of your time as a doctoral teacher.

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 doctoral researchers who teach.

Training through the Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme

As part of our University-wide Personal and Professional Development (PPD) programme, doctoral researchers 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-specific PPD training

A suite of development activities tailored specifically for doctoral researchers who teach is also available as part of the wider PPD programme.

These activities, which are provided by the University’s Academic Staff Development team, include:

  • Starting to Teach — induction sessions for doctoral teachers which establish a foundation for teaching students and supporting their learning.

  • Beyond Starting to Teach — held throughout the academic year, these themed sessions build on the Starting to Teach training to enhance teaching excellence.

  • CREATE (Cultivating Research and Teaching Excellence) — a specially tailored programme for doctoral teachers that helps them engage with and gain recognition for their practice.

TA Talks series

Held as part of the programme of activities held in the PGR Hub, these relaxed, informal sessions are a chance for doctoral researchers to network with and learn from their peers — and to find out more about the development opportunities and support on offer across the University.

Forthcoming TA Talks sessions are advertised on our Talks for Teaching Assistants page.

Doctoral Teacher Symposium

Held annually during the summer, this day-long Bristol Doctoral College event is an opportunity for doctoral teachers 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 doctoral researchers 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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