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Queen Mary Academy

Train the Trainer


Applications are open until the end of 16 June 2021

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Postdoc training to teach on the PhD Student Development Programme

The Researcher Development 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 PhD 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

Please apply for the Train the Trainer programme through this online form. Applications close at the end of 16 June 2021.

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 course

Successful applicants are required to attend the two-part Train the Trainer course, which will take place online on the following dates:

  • Part 1 - Training: 29 & 30 June, 10:00-13:00
  • Part 2 - Microteach: 7 OR 8 July, 13:00-16:00

The course provides participants with the teaching and presentation skills that they need to design and deliver their own training courses. During the second part of the course, participants will run a 10-15 minute “micro-teaching” activity to practise their skills and receive feedback from the Researcher Development team.

Selection criteria

The Researcher Development team will select postdocs to teach on the PhD development programme based on their microteach performance.

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