Teaching Opportunities

Teaching is an excellent way of testing what you know, reminding yourself of what you once knew, and gaining strong communication skills that will help you as you present your research to the scientific community and the public.  Some of you might even decide it is the right profession for you.  

PERCAT Training for Teaching in Higher Education Workshops

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

  • Lab based demonstrating
  • Small group teaching
  • Learning from lectures
  • 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 or CM4, Medical School in the week commencing 19 September

Monday 19 September – 11.00 – 1.00  Lab based demonstrating - Dr Karl Nightingale (IBR Seminar Room)
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.

Monday 19 September - 2.00 - 4.00 One to one tutoring - Dr Karl Nightingale (CM4)
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.

Tuesday 20 September - 2.00 - 4.00 Learning from lectures - Dr Alex Conner (CM4)
Practical conversations, tips and tricks of the trade - you are not alone. 

Friday 23 September – 12.00 – 2.00  Small group teaching Dr Alex Conner (CM4)
Practical conversations, tips and tricks of the trade – you are not alone.

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

Current teaching opportunities:

Infection: Bacterial threats & diseases (Year 3 BMedSc)
What's needed? Facilitators for small group teaching / journal club session (~10 students) on research topics in bacterial research.  These are skills based – ie practicing critical thinking and data presentation.
How can we support you? Happy to discuss material beforehand and/or talk though session(s).
When?   Autumn term 2016
Contact Dr Mark Webber

Renal component of Foundations 3 (Year 2 MBChB)
What's needed? A set of 4 SGTs covering basic renal physiology and pharmacology.  Number of postdoc positions:2
How we can support you?  Materials/training provided: An optional "tutor tutorial" runs about a week before the SGTs, and additional training/support can be obtained directly.  In addition, postgraduate tutors will be given a copy of the textbook by Lote to use throughout the year; its likely to be 2nd hand and marked, but should be readable.  There is also an ever-expanding FAQ list for the component that is maintained on Canvas, to which tutors can gain access.
When? Autumn 2016 (October and November)
Contact Dr Keith Brain

Science of Medicines 1 (Year 1 MSc Pharmacy)
What's needed?  Demontrators for practical sessions (40 students) on the extemporaneous preparation of pharmaceutical products, such as solutions, suspensions, creams, pastes, suppositories and pessaries. Number of postdoc positions: 2
How we can support you?  The postdoc will be trained on the preparation of each product and will also be provided with the lecturer's version of the practical handbook which contains additional information and answers to any calculations and questions.  The postdoc will also be supported by a team of technicians and an academic during the practical sessions.
When? Semester 1 and 2
Contact Dr Chris McConville

Foundations in Science and Medical Practice 3 - Cardiovascular Component (Year 2 - Medicine (MBChB)
What's needed?  Facilitators required for a series of 6 small group teaching sessions - we're happy to her from anyone who is interested in being involved.
How we can support you?  Support available to the postdoc e.g. Materials/training provided: Students are given questions to prepare prior to the sessions. Facilitators are provided with comprehensive tutor notes and we run tutor-tutorials prior to each session to support tutors and share ideas of how to approach the sessions. These sessions would be an excellent introduction for any postdoc interested in trying some teaching.
When?  Semester 1 (September-December)
Contact Dr Clare Ray and Dr Treesa Thomas. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

Stem cells, differentiation & disease (Year 3 BMedSc)
What’s needed? Demonstrators for small group practical sessions on tissue culture and/or molecular biology (RNA extraction, PCR etc)
How can we support you? Happy to discuss material beforehand and/or talk though session(s).
When?   Late autumn term 2016
Contact Dr Karl Nightingale

Foundations of Neuroscience (Year 1 BMedSc and Pharmacy)
What’s needed? Lab demonstrators for a lab based practical on action potentials / nerve physiology using earthworms. Discussing experiments and expected results with students in small groups  
How can we support you? Happy to discuss material beforehand and/or talk though session(s).
When?   November 2016
Contact Dr Alison Cooper

An introduction to immunology (Year 3/4 intercalating BMedSc)
What’s needed? A tutor to deliver a 50 minute lecture/SGT to approximately 30 students
How can we support you? Dr Jenny Marshall has previously given this session and has kindly agreed for her slides to be used and modified for future sessions so there is a clear structure already in place for the session. I am happy to discuss material beforehand and/or talk though session.
When?   10am 5 December 2016
Contact Dr Nick Jones

Endocrine & Reproduction (Year 2 BMedSc)
What’s needed? Facilitators for small group teaching / problem based worksheet sessions (~15 students) on basic areas of human reproduction (infertility, pregnancy) and/or the menstrual cycle
How can we support you? Happy to discuss material beforehand and/or talk though session(s).
When?   Spring term 2017
Contact Dr Sarah Conner

Introduction to Molecular Biology (Year 1 BMedSc)
Whats needed? Facilitators for small group teaching / problem based worksheet sessions (~15 students on basic areas of molecular biology
How can we support you? Happy to discuss material beforehand and/or talk though session(s).
When?   Late Spring term 2017
Contact Dr Boris Kysela