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.  

Current teaching opportunities:

Looking for a fun and easy way to develop your teaching skills, and build your teaching CV?

The MBChB Year 1 Professional and Academy Skills (PAS) Module is a great opportunity to develop your teaching and facilitation skills.

What is the PAS module?

  • The PAS module is designed to encourage students to integrate their learning from the various modules they are studying and to look in greater depth at issues that interest them. It is also designed to foster the students’ skills in locating and appraising information and presenting this to their peers.

How is this done?

  • Once a fortnight the students have PAS sessions. These are based on the problem based learning method. In the session they are given a scenario. They then explode the scenario for all the potential learning points it contains and mind map this. They then refine some learning objectives that they can research during the day. During the day they research a topic they have chosen, and then return in the afternoon to present what they have learnt.

What is the role of the facilitator?

  • There are essentially two components to the role. The first is to facilitate a session where the students look at the case and decide what to research. This involves getting the students to produce a mind map and develop appropriate objectives for their research, and to divide into subgroups to undertake the research. The second component of the role is to listen to the students’ presentations and facilitate the session, so that the students ask each other questions about the presentation and give each other feedback. You can, of course, build on the feedback provided by the students and ask your own questions. It is important to note, that you don’t need to be a subject expert to undertake this role.

Why should I become a PAS facilitator?

  • There are perhaps 4 reasons.
  1. It will help build your teaching profile, and provide you with an opportunity to develop your facilitation skills.
  2. It is fun, the students are engaged and engaging and usually do a good job with their research, so you willlearn lots of new fun facts.
  3. As you will see the same group of students once a fortnight, you do get to know them and this is rewardingin itself.
  4. You do get to pass on some of your skills, and provide guidance to medical students and are helping train the doctors of the future. (These students may end up caring for you or your relatives, so it’s not a bad investment!)

What is the commitment?

  • The PAS sessions take place on Thursdays. The year is split in half, and one half is on GP placement, while the other is doing the PAS module. So each student will do PAS once a fortnight. On a PAS day the students have an hours session to work on the scenario in the morning (usually 09.00 – 10.00), and a two‐hour session in the afternoon (usually 15.00 – 17.00) when they report back on their work. We’d really like to recruit facilitators who can be with a group for a semester, so this would be 5 sessions.


  • If you are interested and would like to know more, please contact David Morley, PAS Module Lead or Natasha King, PAS Administrator before Friday 18 August.

Volunteer facilitators needed for small group teaching

Medicines in Society (MiS) is looking for small group teaching facilitators for the ‘People, Patients and Populations’ (PPP) module component for semester 1.

PPP run two one-hour sessions that take place on Wednesday mornings during semester 1 (times to be confirmed). You do not need to be an expert in the field – the facilitator’s role is to guide and help the students through their discussion and group decision making process. Tutor notes are sent to the facilitators one-two weeks before the session.

If you are interested please contact Susan Newbury (MiS Administrator) before Friday 15 September.  More information is available here.