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Queen Mary Academy

Train the Trainer


Applications are open until the end of 12 October 2022

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Postdoc training to teach on the Doctoral Student Development Programme

The Queen Mary Academy team offers postdocs the opportunity to be trained to design and deliver training courses, leading to the possibility of being paid to deliver training courses on the Doctoral student development programme.

The Train the Trainer programme has been running at Queen Mary since 2016-17. Similar schemes have been run at other Russell Group universities and participants have used the teaching experience gained through this programme to work towards teaching qualifications and to gain lectureship positions.

Places on the programme are allocated through an application process (see below).

Successful postdoc trainers are mentored by an experienced trainer throughout the process and are paid £150 for delivering a 3-hour course (pro-rata for shorter or longer sessions), inclusive of preparation time.

Application process

You may apply for the Train the Trainer programme through this online form. Applications will open on 28 September and close at the end of 12 October 2022.

You will be asked to select topics you would be interested in delivering training on and submit a brief statement of interest, outlining why you would be interested in teaching on this programme and how you would benefit from the experience (max 1500 characters).

Train the Trainer programme

Applicants are required to attend the following online training in November 2022:

  • Two-part Teach your First Session (TYFS) course, 8 & 11 November, 10:00-12:00 (if you have attended TYFS previously, you can mention this in your application)
  • Train the Trainer session, 11 November, 13:00-16:00
  • Micro-teach session, 18 November, 10:00-13:00 or 14:00-17:00

The training above will provide participants with the teaching skills they need to design and deliver their own training courses. During the Micro-teach session, participants will run a 10-15 minute “micro-teaching” activity to practise their skills and receive feedback from the Researcher Development team within the Queen Mary Academy.

Selection criteria

The Researcher Development team will select postdocs to teach on the Doctoral development programme based on their micro-teach performance.

Postdocs who will be selected to teach will also be supported in gaining formal recognition as educators from Advance HE (AFHEA or FHEA).

For further information on the Train the Trainer course and/or regarding delivering training courses please contact Dr Fryni Panayidou.

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