First three years

  • How do we support new academic staff at Oxford Brookes?

    The University places great value on both research and teaching and has created this programme for colleagues new to higher education and/or those who have limited experience in teaching or research.

    The programme has three elements:

    1. Training in research methods and management
    2. Graduate College supervisor training
    3. The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education

    The extensive support, including mentoring, reduced teaching allocations and advice on research project planning is provided during your first three years at Oxford Brookes. Our aim is to support staff to become high quality researchers and teachers with the skills and expertise to bid effectively for external funding.

      Research and research management training  Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education 
    When does it happen? Year one and year two  The University offers the PCTHE in a number of modes and credit for prior learning is available for part of the course. It can be taken over one or two years and must be completed within three years of starting employment.
    Who is it aimed at?  All academic staff with open ended contracts (other staff are encouraged to attend relevant sessions) Academic staff with a contract to work more than 50% of full time hours, with less than 5 years’ experience as a teacher/lecturer in higher education
    Who manages it?  University Research Training Coordinator and Research and Business Development Office (RBDO)  Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD)

    What does it cover?

    Topics include: 

    • Winning external research funding
    • Presentations by funding bodies
    • Managing research projects
    • PG student supervision
    • Linking teaching and research
    • Research ethics and academic integrity
    • Intellectual property and marketing research
    • Publications, citations and impact
    • Course design
    • Teaching methods and learning activities
    • Academic and pastoral support
    • Assessment
    • Evaluation and reflection on professional practice and values
    The course requires a small-scale investigation of discipline-based teaching. 
    What support is offered?  
    • Sessions run by recognised experts
    • Mentoring by experienced staff in your discipline
    • For the research management course, full funding including time allocation
    • Centrally funded release time
    • Active learning workshops
    • Learning resources
    • Online activities
    • Blended learning environment
    • Peer and tutor support
    • in learning groups
    • Admission to the HE Academy as a full member upon completion
    Need more information? More on research methods and management training for academic staff on the Research and Business Development Office web site. Please contact OCSLD.