Teaching & Learning


Teaching Associate programme

The second stage of UCL Arena for PGTAs for postgraduate teaching assistants, once you have completed a Gateway workshop.

Once you have completed a Gateway workshop, you then have the opportunity to join the second stage of UCL Arena for PGTAs: the Teaching Associate Programme (TAP).

On this optional programme, you can join a cohort of postgraduate teachers to develop your teaching practice and work towards a nationally recognised teaching award: an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Participants must be teaching at UCL concurrently with the course and must have attended a UCL Arena for PGTAs Gateway workshop or equivalent training.

PGTAs with a substantive teaching role at UCL are strongly encouraged to attend.

A series of 5 workshops, delivered online or face to face, comprising each a synchronous session and a set of asynchronous activities.

The workload for each workshop is equivalent to 3 hours.

The Teaching Associate Programme requires a substantial time commitment: we expect participants to attend at least four sessions of their group and to engage with materials and activities between sessions. Please discuss with your supervisor before applying

Please email arena.pgta@ucl.ac.uk with any questions.

Register for TAP 2023/24

Term 1 

 Cohort A - 2,9,16 & 23 Oct 2023,11am-1pm, ONLINE - book your place here for Cohort A

 Cohort B - 3,10,17,24 Oct 2023, 2pm-4pm, IN PERSON - book your place here for Cohort B 

Cohort C -16,23,30 Nov,7 Dec 2023, 10am-12pm, ONLINE - book your place here for Cohort C

Term 2

Cohort D - 8,15,22,29 Jan 2024, 11am-1pm, ONLINE - book your place here for Cohort D

Cohort E - 22,29 Feb,7,14 Mar, 11am-1pm, IN PERSON - book your place here for Cohort E

Term 3

Cohort F - 16, 23, 30 April, 7 May, 1pm-3pm, ONLINE - book your place here for Cohort F

Cohort G - 15,22,29 May, 5 June, 10am-12pm - IN PERSON - book your place here for cohort G

Feedback from previous participants

‘It has been nice to see I am not the only one with certain worries when teaching, like not knowing the answer to some questions or giving proper feedback to the student.’

‘It was insightful to hear about different styles of teaching and has challenged me to think about my own future teaching.’

‘It has helped me to reflect about the teaching I have done so far but mostly I feel more confident in planning and assessing future teaching.’

‘It is a good opportunity to improve teaching and to meet other colleagues or PhD students; this course prepares you for the application to Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, which is great, considering my desire to continue in an academic career.’

PhD student Manuj Sharma shared his recent experience in an interview with the School of Life and Medical Sciences.