Various courses exist to prepare researchers for teaching and supporting learning in higher education (summarised in the table below).

The PGR teaching scheme augments the previous Teaching Skills for Doctoral Students (TSDS) course, providing a route to AdvanceHE Associate Fellowship.  More details on routes for fellowship can be found here

NameTarget audienceDescriptionLink to further information
Postgraduate Researcher (PGR) teaching schemePGR students with a minimum of 15 hours teachingExperiential route based on taught workshops, CPD sessions and own research and teaching practice
University Teaching: Core SkillsStaff and studentsNon-credit bearing. Online CPD that can be undertaken at any time to meet an identified development need or as a refresher for those with some teaching experience. Course content is mapped to Associate Fellow criteria.
University Advanced Professional Certificate (UAPC) - Introduction to Higher Education PracticeAcademic (and professional services) staff with 15 hours in a teaching support roleTaught credit-bearing programme (leads to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy status, AFHEA)
Hallam Academic Award (HAA)New members of academic staff who do not hold a teaching qualification in HETaught credit-bearing programme (leads to Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy status, FHEA).

The Postgraduate Researcher Teaching Scheme

The PGR Teaching Scheme consists of two elements:

Teaching Skills for Doctoral Students

1.  Introduction to teaching in HE – Setting the scene; teaching at Sheffield Hallam University

2.  Session planning and ‘delivery’ – How to plan effective sessions

3.  Active learning – introduction and exploration of active learning approaches

4.  Personal approaches / theories – relating personal approaches to teaching with theoretical ideas

Applied Sessions – Induction – introduction to the programme, criteria and UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF)

5.  Applied Practice 1 – reflection through the autobiographical lens

6.  Applied Practice 2 – reflection through the students’ view

7.  Applied Practice 3 – reflection through the colleagues’ view

8.  Applied Practice 4 – reflection through the theoretical lens

The course normally runs twice per year starting in October and January.  Please complete the Google form here to register your interest in being included in the next cohort.    There are a limited number of places available on each cohort and the relevant Heads of Research Degrees (HORDs) will make a decision on who is eligible for a place.

If you have any questions, please contact  in the first instance.  Academic queries will be forwarded to the relevant staff.