Meet the teachers

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We have a couple of teaching organisations visiting the city in the next month or two. First up, is JET, the Japan Exchange and Teaching programme, which will be in the Careers Service on 23rd October (details here). JET is a fantastic experience for anyone wanting to teach, travel, or have something a bit different on their CV to help them stand out from the crowd. It is extremely well regarded across every sector and, having listened to a former JET give a presentation last year, is an amazing life experience. The application process is very thorough, so it’s worth coming along to the presentation, or catching up with JET on twitter to find out more.

Teach First will be in Newcastle on the 30th October (details here), to promote their unique teacher training programme. It’s an interesting route for PGRs and postdocs considering teacher training, as the on-the-job approach often suits people with a bit of confidence and maturity, and it’s salaried, which is ideal for older applicants who don’t want to take the kind of pay-cut usually involved with a PGCE (unless you’re planning to teach a shortage subject, in which case there are some nice bursaries attached!). Teach First is also extremely well regarded both in- and outside education.

We have a few JET and Teach First teachers on our Graduate Connections pages, if you’d like to email and ask their advice about the programmes. For more information about other routes into teaching, check the Careers Service’s comprehensive teacher training webpages, or stop by to chat to an adviser.


Biosciences Education Symposium

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Researchers – teachers – learners – We’re all in this together

London, 27th – 29th March 2012

Society for Experimental Biology @SEBiology in association with the Higher Education Academy @HEAcademy #SEBEd12


CALL for papers – deadline 16th January 2012. REGISTRATION now open.

This meeting is ideal for postdoctoral researchers who teach and those who want to network with the higher education teaching community. Themes include: Students as researchers; Postdoctorals/postgraduates who teach; Learning as research; Peer learning and learning communities; Innovating assessment and feedback; Increasing engagement; International education links; Action research in biological sciences.

Teaching roles

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 Have you noticed that the university is currently advertising two Teaching Fellow posts based within the Faculty of Medical Sciences? Many researchers are aspiring for a permanent academic post but recognise how competitive this route is. Others are particularly motivated by the opportunity to teach and this can be their main attraction to academic roles. For many, a Teaching Fellow role would be their ideal job with the emphasis being on teaching their subject and it may also offer that sought after permanent contract. There is often a research element to the role – sometimes subject based, sometimes focusing on pedagogy – so if you love research you don’t have to leave it behind!

To learn more about what these roles involve have a look at the job descriptions of the Teaching Fellow and Senior Teaching Fellow opportunities on the university job vacancies website.

Teaching as a Postgraduate Researcher – Conference at Newcastle 14th March 2011

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The School of Historical Studies will be hosting a visit by the History Subject Centre (based at Warwick University).  They will be holding a free, full-day event on Teaching as a Postgraduate Researcher. Students in Arts and Humanities subjects other than History are also welcome to participate. 

The day will provide a solid grounding for students who are just starting to teach as well as for those wanting to refine their teaching skills.   The event will be divided between informational sessions and workshop sessions.

Informational sessions will include:

  • How and Where to Find Teaching
  • Understanding your Students
  • Virtual Learning Environments and eLearning
  • Lecturing and Large-group Teaching
  • The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Career Development

Workshop sessions will include:

  • Small-group Teaching
  • Assessment, Marking and Feedback

The event will be held on Monday, March 14th 2011.  Please contact Dr. Helen Berry to register.

Dr Helen Berry, School of Historical Studies

Tel: 222 5562 E mail: h.m.berry@ncl.ac.uk