Teaching & Learning


Initiatives and resources supporting the objectives of UCL's Education Strategy 2016-21


UCL Arena for PGTAs

For postgraduate teaching assistants (PGTAs) only.

UCL Arena for PGTAs is a development pathway for postgraduate students who teach (usually called PGTAs) at UCL, leading (optionally) to the submission of an application to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

As researchers who teach, PGTAs can make a unique contribution to UCL’s mission to develop excellence in research-based education. UCL Arena for PGTAs is designed for you as a postgraduate researcher with teaching and/or assessment responsibilities.

The programme will enable you to think creatively about teaching, learning, and assessment in your discipline. You will also have the opportunity to meet colleagues from different disciplines and to plan practical approaches to helping students learn.

How to register

Step one: Gateway workshop

UCL Arena for PGTAs  begins with an introductory Gateway workshop, designed to prepare you for your teaching responsibilities and introduce you to approaches to teaching and learning.

Session format 

  • Online: 2.5 hours synchronous session plus preparation activities
  • On campus: 2.5 hours workshop plus preparation activities

Register for Gateway

Step two: The Teaching Associate Programme (TAP) 

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

Session format

We are offering two different formats:    

  • Intensive online:  5 sessions every day over a week - 3.5 hour of work per day  including one 90-minute synchronous session with peers and tutors.
  • Standard (online and face to face): 5 sessions one day a week over 5 weeks. 3.5 hour of work per week  including one 90-minute synchronous or 2hrs face to face session with peers and tutors.

The course is hands-on and highly interactive and participants have the opportunity to tailor the content to their needs and teaching contexts.

Register for TAP

Development opportunities for postdocs and other teaching assistants are available through UCL Arena Fellowship