PGR Programme (AFHEA)

About the programme

The PGR programme is aimed at postgraduate research students  and graduate teaching assistants with little/or no experience in teaching and/or supporting learning in higher education (HE).

The programme is undertaken in two parts (run jointly by the Doctoral School and TALENT) and introduces PGR students to core teaching and learning skills. It is underpinned by the professional standards which govern UK higher education (UKPSF). 

Part 1 –  Teaching Skills for Doctoral Students (TSDS) 
Led by the Doctoral School and made up of four 3 hour sessions for which no previous teaching experience is required.  

Part 2 – PGR Applied Sessions
Led by
TALENT and made up of a further five half day sessions and a full day writing retreat, for which a minimum of 15 hours teaching and/or supporting learning experience must have been undertaken in advance. 

 Successful completion of both parts of the programme is required to secure an award of Advance HE Associate Fellowship (AFHEA). 

Find out more about the structure and length of the PGR programme.

Why is this relevant to me?

As a student, the programme supports your professional development and contributes to developing transferable skills which will enhance your employability. Gaining professional recognition from Advance HE (formerly the Higher Education Academy or HEA) is a portable asset which will support any career plans you have.

What do I need to do?

Once you’re registered, it is expected that you will: 

  • Attend all of the workshop sessions for which you are registered 
  • Participate in pre- and post- workshop tasks as requested 
  • Undertake a minimum of 15 hours of tutoring/demonstrating before registering for Part 2 of the programme.  
  • Authenticate your effective practice through: 
  • Being observed by a member of the programme team 
  • Being observed by supervisor/tutor colleague 
  • Gathering evaluation feedback from students 
  • Complete your assessment portfolio of short teaching reflections (1500 words in total)

Find out how the PGR route to Advance HE fellowship meets the TALENT Principles.

To find out more about the programme, please email