Institute for Academic Development
Institute for Academic Development

Developing as a new teacher

Courses, resources and networks for those new to various teaching roles.

New teaching experiences can be exciting but daunting! Whether you’re approaching your first tutorial, lecturing for the first time or taking on your first course organisation or personal tutoring role we’re here to help.

New to tutoring & demonstrating

If you’re about to start tutoring or lab demonstrating then have a look at our workshops and resources for tutors and demonstrators. Some of these are intended as an introduction for those new to these roles.

Workshops and resources for tutors and demonstrators

New to lecturing

If you’re new to lecturing then you might also like to attend some of our workshops for tutors and demonstrators as these cover topics like lecturing. You could also come along to some of our short leanrning and teaching-themed workshops, which are short practical introductions to teaching topics. Some of the events from the Beltane Public Engagement Network may well also help with developing your teaching.

Workshops for tutors and demonstrators

‘Practical Strategies' learning and teaching workshops

Beltane Public Engagement Network

You may want to begin an accredited programme or award focused on teaching in higher education. This is likely to be useful for your future career. To begin this process, if you are a new member of academic staff you are encouraged to participate in the two-day orientation to academic practice programme and to attend at least two optional courses.

Accredited provision - find out more

Orientation to Academic Practice - find out more

New to course organising

For new course organisers, why don’t you join our Undergraduate Course Organiser Network to meet experienced colleagues and hear about events. Or if you work at taught postgraduate level, then we have our IAD Masters Networks which provides excellent learning opportunities.

Undergraduate Course Organisers Network

IAD Masters Network

New to being a Personal Tutor

If you are new to personal tutoring, then take a look at our guidance for Personal Tutors and speak to the Senior Tutors in your area.

Personal Tutoring - resources and information from the IAD

Personal Tutors & Student Support Teams website

Other sources of ideas and advice

There are some regularly updated blogs about learning and teaching which are a great source of ideas:

Teaching Matters blog

IAD Learning & Teaching blog

Do remember to ask around in your subject area for advice as well. You should get help locally with how your teaching fits into particular courses and programmes and how teaching is administered. Local colleagues are also often the best people to advise on common teaching challenges and solutions in your specific subject area.