Learning Enhancement and Development
  1. About & Contacts
  2. Events
  3. Learning spaces
  4. Qualifications & accreditation
  5. PhD students
  6. Learning & teaching
  7. Learning Success
  8. LEaDER Centre
  9. LEaD projects
Learning Enhancement and Development

PhD students

The following support is available from LEaD for PhD students who teach or who are thinking about teaching:

Establishing a Teaching Persona: a teaching course for PhD students

Are you a PhD student who is concerned about teaching or having to teach in future? Perhaps you’re wondering whether your students will respect you in the classroom; possibly you’re worried about how to run a tutorial or seminar, how to deal with awkward questions or students who don’t seem interested. Or maybe you’re just not sure about what teaching involves.

If so, LEaD’s 1.5 day Establishing a Teaching Persona course is for you. This is taught in a September and January iteration and so will be particularly useful if you will be teaching for the first time in that term, although you do not have to have any teaching arranged to participate.

The course aims to build your confidence and knowledge about teaching and addresses the difficulties of negotiating between your identity as a PhD student and a new, teacher identity. It will cover the following areas:

Day 1 (full day: 10am - 4.30pm)

  • Practical advice about teaching – managing student behaviour, asking questions that generate responses, managing discussions, structuring a session, engaging students, encouraging attendance, using a whiteboard and classroom technology
  • Discussion about teaching identities, and establishing authority and credibility
  • Exploration of the types of teaching you’re likely to do, such as tutorials, labs, clinical teaching, seminars

Day 2 (half day: 10am - 1pm)

  • Teach a short session to peers and the LEaD academic team
  • Receive feedback
  • Observe others’ sessions

This short course is specifically aimed at people with limited or no teaching experience, and so covers many practical basics, but PhD students at any stage are welcome if you think that the content would be useful to you.

To apply, please complete the form below:

ETP Application Form


Teach like a PhD student blog

This blog has regular posts which provide advice about teaching at City, and discuss issues relevant to PhD students who teach:   https://blogs.city.ac.uk/phdteach/.

The blog also contains several videos with advice from experienced GTAs at City: https://blogs.city.ac.uk/phdteach/category/videos.


Learning, Teaching and Assessment module

This is compulsory for PhD students who teach at City. More information about this and the PGCert in Academic Practice is available on the Academic Practice pages


Academic Learning Support

One-to-one Academic Learning Support sessions are available to all City students, including those studying for a PhD. They are confidential, and we can help with many aspects of  your academic practice, such as reading & research strategies, writing development, time management, discussing how to work effectively with your supervisor, and much more.  Please phone 020 7040 0246 to book an appointment, or email us: academiclearningsupport@city.ac.uk.


Student Counselling & Mental Health

All City students, including those studying for a PhD, are able to access support from the counselling service. Daily consultations are held between 1-2pm (Monday – Friday) where you can meet and discuss your issues e.g. anxiety about teaching, personal issues, relationship based including your supervisor and procrastination etc. We offer a long-term mature group or up to four individual sessions (either CBT or psychodynamic). We can also provide you with free online resources, support you with external support and, if you have a diagnosed mental health condition, we can refer you to our colleagues in the mental health service.

Please fill out the registration form on evision from the student hub: https://studenthub.city.ac.uk/help-and-support/mental-health-counselling/access-to-counselling.