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Are you a postdoctoral researcher or graduate research student engaged in teaching in MPLS? Do you want to find ways of making your teaching more effective, both for your students and for yourself? Would you like to learn more about how to take a more scientific, evidence-based approach to your teaching and your students’ learning? This course offers a way for you to do all of these things while at the same time gaining a portable qualification that will enhance your future employability as an academic with teaching responsibilities.

Course Details

This Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) programme for MPLS is led by the Oxford Learning Institute and comprises three interactive workshops during Michaelmas or Hilary Term. As part of the programme, participants will be required to engage in additional, related activities; for example, reading some educational literature, teaching evaluation and session design. The DLT Programme is assessed via a written reflective teaching portfolio (2,500-5,000 words); support for writing the portfolio is provided by the Oxford Learning Institute.

The DLT Programme is accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and successful completion and portfolio assessment leads to a SEDA PDF Supporting Learning Award. This is an award recognised throughout the UK, mapped at Descriptor 1 to the UK Professional Standards Framework for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education. 

For more information about the DLT qualification please see: the Core DLT Handbook 2018-19 

The MPLS division and its departments and the Oxford Learning Institute provide a range of training in teaching skills. For information about other such training opportunities, please see the Training in Teaching page.  

Intended For

Anyone new to teaching who wishes to improve their effectiveness, share experiences with peers and learn more about learning and teaching in the sciences. Third and fourth year graduate research students and postdoctoral researchers with a serious interest in an academic career may find it particularly useful as a structured introduction to teaching.


You will need to have completed a PLTO course or equivalent; and be teaching registered University students in the interval after you begin the DLT programme and before you submit your portfolio (up to 3 terms after you start the DLT.) 

Please see the DLT application form, DLT Teaching Requirements FAQs, and the Core DLT Handbook for further details about these pre-requisites.


Number of places


course leader

Dr Delia O'Rourke, The Oxford Learning Institute


Three x 3-hour workshops

Michaelmas Term 2018:

Wednesday 17th October, 9.30 - 12.30

Wednesday 31st October, 9.30 - 12.30

Wednesday  14th November, 9.30 - 12.30 

Hilary Term 2019:

Wednesday 23rd January. 9.30 - 12.30

Wednesday 6th February, 09.30 - 12.30

Wednesday 20th February, 9.30 - 12.30

RDF Skills

A1, B3, D3

The Researcher Development Framework (RDF) provides a framework for planning and supporting the personal, professional and career development of graduate students and research staff. See the the following for more details:

The Researcher Development Framework page.

The Researcher Training Tool (click on Researcher Development)

Vitae (Vitae is a national organisation dedicated to realising the potential of researchers through supporting their professional and career development.)


A booking link will be available here in due course. In the meantime please email with any queries. 

When registering for this course, please check our Terms and Conditions.