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Preparing to Teach – University of Reading

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Preparing to Teach

Develop the skills you need to contribute to the teaching and learning activities in the University, as well as for a potential career as an academic.

“The Preparing to Teach courses are excellent and greatly enhance participants' academic teaching profiles.”

Michael Dzandu – PhD in Business and Management

About the programme

Preparing to Teach is designed to provide you with the training you need to effectively contribute to the delivery of teaching and learning activities to students across the University.

In particular, it will meet your training needs if you are involved in any of the following:

  • laboratory or computer classes
  • demonstrating
  • running problem-solving sessions
  • taking tutorial classes or seminars
  • giving lectures
  • performing assessments
  • providing feedback.

The programme also represents an ideal opportunity to gain some of the key teaching skills that you will need if you are considering a career as an academic.

Completing the Preparing to Teach programme counts as one session towards your overall Reading Researcher Development Programme participation requirements.


The Preparing to Teach programme takes place over one day in either the autumn or spring term.

Preparing to Teach will cover four key areas:

  • Introduction to teaching and learning
  • Effective teaching and learning
  • Effective practice
  • Assessment and feedback

Further information is available in the Preparing to Teach brochure.

Booking information

As a postgraduate researcher at Reading, you can attend this programme free of charge.

The programme is delivered in the autumn and spring terms of each academic year.

To request a place on Preparing to Teach, please go to the Graduate School booking page on the RISIS web portal.

PhD Plus participants

If you are on the PhD Plus programme, you are guaranteed a place on the Preparing to Teach programme. You also have access to additional optional sessions that are specifically aimed at improving your teaching skills, while learning about higher education in the UK.

Additional optional sessions

  • Academic English and academic cultures
  • How to design, prepare and deliver a successful lecture
  • Managing behaviour
  • Supporting students with their academic studies

Sessions are held on the Whiteknights campus in the spring term.

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