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Why teach as a PGR?

Warwick has nearly 11,000 postgraduates - and 1,250 of them teach on Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) contracts. Whether it's lab demonstrating, seminars, tutorials, lectures, or project management, teaching as a PGR offers a wide range of opportunities and benefits:

  • gaining valuable experience for future academic careers
  • transferable skills you can use outside academia
  • enhance your understanding of your own discipline and your own thesis research
  • collaborate with other teachers and researchers in the field
  • a link between staff and student experiences
  • extra income
  • a fun opportunity to engage with and shape the UG students
  • training opportunities and the chance to access Associate Fellowship status with Advance HE

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Academic Development Centre

Warwick's hub for teacher training and professional development.

All PhD students are expected to complete Preparing to Teach in Higher Education by the end of their first year of registration.

PGRs who teach can enrol on training such as APP:PGR, completion of which leads to Associate Fellowship membership of AdvanceHE.

There are also continuous development opportunities like the Cultivate series and the Teaching for Learning Online course.

Warwick Postgraduate Teaching Community

A network for PGRs who teach, run by PGRs: a buddy scheme, teaching resources, information about teacher training, and the Journal of PGR Pedagogic Practice.

Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE)

Open to all PGRs who teach. A great chance to reward their hard work.

Seven winners will each receive £350 and seven commendees will each receive £150. These will be split evenly across the Faculties and also include a dedicated award for interdisciplinary education.

Find out more

Watch a recording of a PGR Matters session on PGR teaching:


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