In addition to the support you will receive within your School, we also offer institution-wide research and teaching related activities to contribute to your development. The annual programme of research and teaching development activities is kept under review and updated in response to feedback from research students and academic and research staff.
Induction and training to meet your particular subject needs are provided by the local School and/or Academic Department or Faculty within which you are registered. You will find information about this provision within the School webpages and via your supervisor. You will also be invited to attend the annual institution induction event for research students which will introduce you to the research environment at City and the development opportunities, addressing general and transferable research skills.
Many research students undertake some teaching for their School or Department during their studies. Training for those who teach is particularly important and we offer several mechanisms to support this:
- a 1.5 day Establishing a Teaching Persona course, aimed at research students with little or no teaching experience, which covers the basics of teaching in Higher Education, to build your knowledge and confidence. Please sign up for the September or January iteration: https://www.city.ac.uk/lead/learning-teaching-support/practical-teaching-course-for-phd-students
- a dedicated blog for research students who teach, which includes relevant resources and provides the opportunity to discuss and reflect on your teaching with other students across City, sharing ideas and solutions to common issues
- the Learning, Teaching and Assessment module on our MA in Academic Practice, which supports you through critical considerations of the key stages of the teaching process, from planning to feedback. This is for research students who have teaching arranged for the term they will take the module. Please use this application form to request a place: https://www.city.ac.uk/lead/qualifications-accreditation/academic-practice-programme-application-form
- a collaborative Peer Supported Review of Education scheme where you have the opportunity to observe an experienced teacher, as well as being observed yourself.
The researcher development programme aims to meet your needs at different stages in your research career. It also provides opportunities for you to interact with other research students across the institution, with early career researchers who have completed their research degree and with academic staff who are experienced teachers and undertaking research at the forefront of their discipline.
The activities will enable you to:
- present your research to your peers and obtain critical feedback on your research in a safe environment
- acquire the knowledge and skills to develop and enhance your teaching
- gain relevant research study skills including project management
Development and training for our researchers, from research students through early career research staff to more senior academic staff, is an important focus for City, University of London. As a research student you will have access to many of the events and activities provided for academic and research staff - these cover topics such as research ethics, sources of funding, entrepreneurship in a research context, literature and citation searching, managing references, using social media for research and networking and impact - but we also offer events tailored particularly to your needs.