Even though you’re employed for the purpose of research, you may be interested in teaching and supervising. It can sometimes be difficult for researchers to find the opportunities - but they are out there so it is worth being proactive in seeking them out and being flexible about what sort of experience you gain.
- Get in touch with Directors of Graduate Studies in your department or Senior Tutors in colleges and offer to undertake teaching; ask your supervisor or others in your department if they know of any opportunities there may be for you to take on some teaching
- Look out for forthcoming opportunities on the University’s jobs pages
- Look for opportunities – or make speculative enquiries – at nearby universities (Oxford Brookes, Reading, Bath or Bristol are nearby options)
- Think about teaching outside of higher education – it may not be exactly what you’ll be expected to do as a lecturer but gives you valuable experience and opportunity to develop many of the same skills – you might look at continuing education classes, summer schools, or local schools.
- If you are in the Medical Sciences Division, there may be ways for you to contribute to teaching on the undergraduate pre-clinical medicine or biomedical sciences programmes. For more information see
Training and support
The Oxford Learning Institute (OLI) runs courses to support staff who are teaching, whether you are new to teaching or have more experience and want to reflect on your practice:
Preparation for Learning and Teaching at Oxford (PLTO)
Half or full day seminar run by and hosted in your faculty, department or division. Provides an introduction to practical aspects of teaching your own subject area at Oxford.
Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT)
The Developing Learning and Teaching programme is a short accredited programme for DPhil and postdoctoral researchers who are teaching at the University. The programme aims to support and further develop your teaching skills. You will attend workshops, undertake teaching activities and submit a portfolio for assessment.
There are two discipline specific DLT Programmes available, depending upon which subject you teach: DLT- Humanities and Social Sciences, and DLT-Sciences (for MPLS and Medical Sciences). If you successfully complete your portfolio you will receive the SEDA PDF Supporting Learning award, a portable accredited qualification in HE teaching. For more information please click here.
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (PGCert TLHE)
The PGCert TLHE is a one-year, part-time programme for academic, teaching and research staff who are currently teaching at the University. On successful completion of the programme participants will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of Oxford. The taught programme consists of a series of interactive workshops, a set of structured assignments, and the preparation of a teaching portfolio. The programme is available in two streams: Sciences and Humanities & Social Sciences. College staff are welcome to apply. This programme is not open to DPhil researchers. For more information please click here.
Teaching & Learning newsletter
The Oxford Learning Institute (OLI) co-ordinates a termly Teaching & Learning Newsletter containing news and updates on teaching from across the University and higher education sector. Contact the Oxford Learning Institute to subscribe.