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Queen Mary Academy

PhDs who teach

We offer support for graduate teaching assistants, teaching associates, demonstrators and PhD students who teach in a variety of roles.

Teach Your First Session (TYFS)

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 teaching will help participants to: 

  • Structure and plan a session for your subject
  • Review a range of approaches and techniques for engaging students
  • Evaluate and reflect on your role and professional identity as teacher
  • Develop strategies to deal with challenging teaching situations
  • Give useful feedback to students on their progress
  • Deliver inclusive learning sessions

To book a place, search for course code QMATYFS05 on the CPD booking system.

Bespoke sessions for Schools and Institutes are available on request, please contact Olu Popoola at

Certificate in Learning and Teaching (CILT)

Our CILT programme has a GTA stream, enabling GTAs to undertake the programme within a supportive peer group.  To be eligible for a place you will need to be teaching Queen Mary students for at least 10 hours of the academic year in which you undertake the course and have the support of your supervisor.

Visit the CPD bookings site

for up-to-date course listings and to reserve your place.

CPD bookings site
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