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Queen Mary Academy

New to teaching

Queen Mary Academy supports staff who are new to teaching in several ways.

Teach Your First Session

Teach your first session (TYFS) is a two-part workshop offered by the Queen Mary Academy designed to help prepare post-graduate students, teaching assistants, and others who are about to start teaching for the first time.

This introduction to ideas that will help prepare you to teach will help you to:

  • Analyse your own needs in preparation for teaching
  • Identify appropriate aims and learning outcomes for a session of teaching
  • Describe what constitutes an appropriate professional manner in which to conduct teaching
  • Assess strategies to engage students and deal with challenging teaching situations
  • Give useful feedback to students on their progress as appropriate
  • Evaluate and reflect on your teaching

Search “Teach your first session” on QMUL CPD or contact Danielle Thibodeau to organise to organise a bespoke session for a large group in your department.

Post-graduate teaching certificates

The Queen Mary Academy also offers Queen Mary staff the opportunity to achieve Advance HE recognition (HEA Fellowships) for their teaching as well as a Level 7 qualification, through two certificate paths.


The Certificate in Learning and Teaching (CILT) is a course designed for part-time educators and others who support learning but do not lead or convene modules. Participants take two 15-credit modules (level 7) over two semesters. Successful completion leads to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.


The Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCert Academic Practice) is recommended for colleagues engaged on lecturing contracts who have a full range of responsibilities including curriculum development work and research.  Participants take four 15-credit modules (level 7) over the course of two years. PGCAP fulfils the probation requirements for new members of academic staff, and successful completion leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Follow this link to learn more about the Queen Mary Academy Taught Programmes.