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Beyond Survival: Becoming an Active Lab Demonstrator

Workshop led by Nat Rodrigues

‘Beyond Survival: Becoming and Active Lab Demonstrator’ is an opportunity for continuous professional development for all those involved in teaching within a laboratory environment. The workshop will be valuable to those looking to learn more about this type of teaching ahead of starting their Lab Demonstrator assignments, as well as being a tool for reflection and growth for experienced Lab Demonstrators.

Participants will be invited to reflect on the role of the Lab Demonstrator in teaching and learning and compare their own perspectives, perceptions and expectations with those of their peers, their students and the university. Importantly, this workshop will identify common challenges of teaching within, and beyond, a laboratory environment and will provide practical guidance on how to tackle them.

This workshop has been designed with Lab Demonstrators across all departments of the University of Warwick in mind, but it is open to all Warwick teachers at all stages of their careers who teach and/or support learning within a laboratory context.

Mapping to the UKPSF

This workshop supports the following UKPSF Dimensions:
• Area of Activity: A2, A3, A4, A5
• Core Knowledge: K1, K2
• Professional Values: V1, V2, V3, V4

And aims to enable participants to achieve the following Descriptors:
• 1.I, 1.III, 1.IV, 1.VI
• 2.III, 2.VI
• 3.III, 3.VI
• 4.V

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Nat Rodrigues


Natércia Rodrigues was a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick from September 2014 to March 2018 under the supervision of Professor Vasilios Stavros in the Department of Chemistry. Her thesis focuses on obtaining a comprehensive understanding of the ultrafast photodynamics of sunscreen molecules in an effort to inform their rational molecular design towards optimised photoprotection.

Throughout her postgraduate studies, Nat was heavily involved with teaching undergraduate students and became an IATL Academic Fellow in August 2017 for the development of an undergraduate chemistry experiment based on her research.

During her time as a PhD student, Nat also completed the APP PGR programme offered by the Learning and Development Centre and completed a Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Nat has also worked as an Academic Developer with the Learing and Develoment Centre (Teaching and Learning Unit).

From the 1st of October 2018, Nat will be a IATL/IAS Early Career Fellow, splitting her time between scientific research with the IAS and the Department of Chemistry, and interdisciplinary teaching with IATL.