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 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 intended for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are new to teaching. There are different versions of the DLT Programme designed to support teaching in the different Divisions; there are however, common elements to all DLT Programmes, including: the requirement to attend a series of taught interactive workshops/seminars; engagement with some educational literature; designing a teaching session plan and evaluation of teaching. You may choose to complete a portfolio for accreditation by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), a UK-based professional association promoting innovation and good practice in higher education.
Enhancing Teaching Programme (ETP)
The Enhancing Teaching Programme provides early career academic staff and teaching staff (typically with a minimum of 2 years of teaching experience in higher education) with a structured, time-conscious pathway to a nationally-recognised teaching qualification. The ETP is accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), a UK-based professional association promoting innovation and good practice in higher education. There are two versions of the Programme available, depending upon which division you teach in or the nature of the subject you teach: ETP- Humanities and Social Sciences, and ETP-Sciences (for MPLS and Medical Sciences).
Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGDipLATHE)
The Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education is a University of Oxford qualification offered by the Oxford Learning Institute and accredited by the Education Department. It is available to experienced academic staff in the collegiate University. During this one-year course participants work with colleagues to enhance their own teaching, to study and apply educational literature and to analyse and propose enhancements to courses, programmes and policies in their own settings.