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Postgraduate Teaching Assistants

All postgraduates currently teaching at UCL must receive some form of induction or baseline training, whether in CALT or in their departments. If you have any questions about baseline sessions available to you, please complete the 'PGTA Training Enquiry Form' below. With any further questions, please e-mail calt@ucl.ac.uk.

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Training and Development

If you have some experience of teaching, you can obtain formal recognition of your ability to teach in higher education through a nationally accredited scheme. This scheme, run by UCL’s Centre for the Advancement of Learning & Teaching (CALT), provides a flexible, practice-based pathway through which you can attain a nationally respected professional award in university teaching. It is in line with Descriptor 1 of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) and accredited by the Higher Education Academy (HEA). This professional recognition award is known as an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). The Associate Fellowship is of value in itself, but also as a foundation should you progress to an academic career with a substantial teaching requirement.

Applying for recognition as an Associate Fellow involves attending one of CALT’s courses (see below for a list) followed by the compilation and submission of a ‘portfolio’, which is a written claim in line with specific criteria. This portfolio is your narrative account of learning to teach (up to 3000 words), presenting evidence of and reflecting analytically upon your developing concepts of teaching and learning and on your practical experience of teaching.

If, after reading the information in this guidance, you’re thinking of applying for an Associate Fellowship, or for more information, please submit an expression of interest (which is not a commitment) via the form below under the heading ‘Developing and Submitting a Portfolio’. Your expression of interest will be acknowledged by reply email and further information will follow.

Once you are ready to prepare your portfolio, you will find the Guidelines for Applicants (pdf) for your portfolio here.

Please click here for guidance and more information on references.


Please click here for schemes currently running.


PGTA Training Enquiry

  • This form is primarily intended to let prospective teaching assistants know of the training options available to them and to submit enquiries about these.

Developing and Submitting a Portfolio

  • If you are interested in developing your teaching portfolio with a view to applying for recognition as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) under the UKPSF, this form is for you.

We will be synthesising the current provision into a single programme in 2013-14, as part of UCL ARENA. This is a period of transition for CALT programmes for PGTAs and we are keen to hear your feedback to inform the development of the new course. If you have any suggestions or comments, please e-mail h.brookman@ucl.ac.uk.

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