Teaching Workshops

PERCAT Teaching opportunities in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Tuesday 15 September (9.00 - 11.00) Room N143 IBR Seminar Room, Medical School, CMDS

Following on from the success of last year’s event, it is clear that many in PERCAT would like the opportunity to teach within the College.  This workshop will present the range of teaching opportunities we hope to fill in the next academic year, and we hope you will ‘sign up’ and get trained in the different aspects of teaching on offer.

Postdocs / Early Career Researchers are involved in teaching in a range of postgraduate and undergraduate courses, either leading tutorials, journal clubs with small groups of students, as laboratory practical demonstrators, or as day-to-day supervisors of project students.  Undertaking these teaching activities can be an ideal way to ‘test the water’ to see if teaching is something you enjoy and whether it is something to consider as a career. Bear in mind that we don't expect anyone to do more than an hour or two of teaching per year (though you can if you want!), and that you will be involved in established sessions, using well-tested learning materials. You will not be asked to design a new teaching session.

Workshop format:

  • 9.00 - 10.00 
    Module Coordinator Presentations (IBR Seminar Room) 
    Module leaders involved in teaching will make short presentations describing their teaching requirements / dates / times etc for the 2015/2016 academic year.
  • 10.00-11.00
    One-to-one discussion with module leads (IBR Common Room)

This is a chance to discuss with lecturers about what is required and/or talk to other researchers about their teaching experience (refreshments will be provided).

PERCAT Training for Teaching in Higher Education Workshops

For those who did not attend the training for teaching in higher education workshops that we ran last year, we are repeating them this year.  Those on offer include

  • Lab based demonstrating
  • Small group teaching
  • Giving a lecture
  • One-to-one tutoring 

These courses are accredited by CLAD and can be topped up to the full academic teaching qualification if you wish to pursue this.

These courses will be held in the IBR Seminar Room, Medical School in the week commencing 21st September

21 September – 9.00am – 11.00am  One to one tutoring Dr Karl Nightingale
This session is for those involved in the immediate lab supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking lab-based research projects. It will discuss the aims of this type of project, and how to ensure it is a good learning opportunity for the students. 

We will discuss the practical aspects of what you are likely to encounter, including how there can be differences between supervisors and students expectations, and how to approach some of the more frequent issues that arise.

22 September – 1.30pm – 3.30pm  Lab based demonstrating Dr Karl Nightingale
This session focusses on what undergraduate lab practicals offer students as a learning experience, how this can be optimised, and what lab demonstrators can do to maximise the experience. 

We will discuss practical aspects of what will be expected of you, and how to approach some of the issues that may arise.

23 September – 1.00pm – 3.00pm   Small group teaching Dr Alex Conner – details to follow

24 September – 9.00am – 11.00am Giving a lecture Dr Alex Conner – details to follow

Registration is free, please complete the online form to register for the workshop or contact Lesley Bodenham  


Thursday 19 November 2015, The Great Hall, Aston Webb Building - Registration is now open.

Confirmed Key Note Speaker - Professor Mike Wakelam – Institute Director at Babraham Institute and Birmingham alumni.


Monthly programme of lunchtime workshops covering important topics for career progression. The presentations are given by both internal and external speakers with expertise in their field.   The programme for 2016 will be advertised in the Autumn.

Scriptoria Writing Workshop 

All researchers now have the opportunity to attend this workshop as they have proved to be a valuable investment for the College.  Researchers who have attended the course have rated it very highly.  Since attending PIs have noticed an improvement in the way researchers present ideas and results, and it also boosts confidence.

Feedback from one of our academic supporters: "It was a VERY useful course - and I didn't feel like too much of a fraud! I would happily recommend it to anyone."

Feedback from participants

"I can honestly say it has been one of the most useful workshops I have ever attended."

"Fantastic course! Will recommend it to colleagues.  Very informative; it helped that the trainers were well informed.  Enjoyed the 2 days and left with confidence and enthusiasm about writing again."

The workshop will teach you the principles of organising ideas and content in a logical way, and according to the intended reader the benefits carry over into other areas such as planning experiments and giving oral presentations. 

The next course will be on 28-29 October 2015.  Registration is now open.  Dates for 2016 will be advertised in the Autumn.

Journal Club

Do you:

  • need to improve your critical analysis skills?
  • want to discuss what makes a great scientific paper?
  • want more chances to perfect presentation skills?
  • want to meet new people?

If you are interested in joining us, then please email either Rebecca Jones or John Reynolds 

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Scriptoria Scientific Writing Workshop 28-29 October

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PERCAT Research Gala 2015

Aston Webb Building, Great Hall, University of Birmingham
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