General Teaching Associates course

About the course

The General Teaching Associates (GTA) course is a three-day offering for PhD students, Associate Lecturers, Affiliates and others embarking on teaching and associated duties (e.g. leading seminar groups, taking laboratory sessions, delivering occasional lectures, and marking) and who wish to progress onto Stage 1 of the EXPLORE@Brookes Programme (leading to Associate Fellow/Fellow of AdvanceHE). The course provides initial knowledge and skills development to support learning and good practice in teaching in HE aligned to their context. Completing the course is mandatory for all research students who will be, or wish to be, involved in any teaching.

The course comprises three consecutive days (three hours per day), with the middle day delivered online so as to provide some flexibility whilst modelling effective blended/hybrid learning. The first day can also be delivered to attendees in a hybrid format on request.

Upon completion of the course, participants will gain:

  • A certificate
  • Feedback on their teaching
  • Ongoing support throughout the academic year via ‘coffee catchups’ with an OCAED Educational Developer
  • The opportunity to network with PhD students across the institution
  • The course is ideal preparation for progression onto Stage 1 of the EXPLORE@Brookes Programme leading to Associate Fellow / Fellow of AdvanceHE. In particular, PGRs are advised to complete the GTA Course before applying for a place on the EXPLORE programme.

When is it?

The course runs twice per year on the following dates for 2023/24:

20 - 22 November 2023, Headington Campus - course full

  • Monday 20 November 2023, 10.00am - 1.00pm (CLC G.28)
  • Tuesday 21 November 2023, 10.00am - 1.00pm (online)
  • Wednesday 22 November 2023, 10.00am - 1.00pm (G.108, G.120 or online)

4 - 6 March 2024, Headington Campus (Enrolment deadline Friday 1 March 2024)

  • Monday 4 March 2024, 10.00am - 1.00pm (JHB 406)
  • Tuesday 5 March 2024, 10.00am - 1.00pm (online)
  • Wednesday 6 March 2024, 10.00am - 1.00pm (G108, G120 or online)

A third enrolment will take place in June subject to demand.

Contact us

For more information, please email

Oxford Centre for Academic Enhancement and Development

+44 (0)1865 485910