The Faculty believes that it is important both professionally and personally for graduate research students to have opportunities to teach. For graduates seeking an academic career, it is often crucial to have teaching experience when applying for jobs. For many graduate students, teaching is also an important supplement to their income.
The Faculty offers preliminary training for graduate students who are starting to teach, in the form of a half-day Preparation for Learning and Teaching at Oxford (PLTO) seminar, run by the Graduate Teaching Coordinator. Graduates are required to attend this seminar before joining the Graduate Teaching Scheme or placing their names on the Graduate Teaching Register. The Graduate Teaching Scheme and Graduate Lecturing Scheme include arrangements for mentoring and feedback, as explained below. Graduates are also encouraged to enrol for the Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) programme run by the Oxford Learning Institute.
The Faculty operates a number of schemes to help our research students secure relevant teaching experience: