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An overview of the training in teaching skills available in departments, the division and the University

The MPLS Division and its departments provide two introductory stages to training in teaching skills. These are Preparing for Learning and Teaching at Oxford (PLTO) and Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT).


PLTO is the introductory stage and is provided by departments. Your departmental PLTO session will:  introduce you to how undergraduate teaching works at Oxford and in your department; outline departmental administrative processes; discuss ways to get started with your teaching; and provide the opportunity to discuss potential challenges. Your department will also provide opportunities for you to reflect on and discuss your teaching, and how to further develop your skills once you have had some initial teaching experience. To find out more about your departmental PLTO session please contact the head of teaching in your department. If you are not sure who this is or have other queries about PLTO, please contact


If you have had your first teaching experience and would like to review it and plan how to further develop your skills, the MPLS provides a workshop to help you do this. Details are here.


If you have completed PLTO in your department and are going to be teaching at Oxford, you may want to consider completing the Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) programme. This is a short accredited programme for DPhil students and postdoctoral researchers which will introduce you to teaching in Higher Education and support and further develop your teaching skills. You will attend three workshops over a term, undertake teaching activities and submit a 2,500 - 5,000 word portfolio for assessment. The programme is accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) and you will receive a SEDA PDF Support Learning Award on successful completion of your DLT portfolio. The award is aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education, at Descriptor 1.

Details of the DLT programme are here.

In order to participate in the programme you will need to have completed a PLTO course or equivalent and be teaching registered Oxford 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 2018-19 for more information on these pre-requisites. 


For those with an interest in developing their teaching skills further, the Centre for Teaching and Learning offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in HE (PGCert TLHE). Please click on the link for further details.