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What to expect during your first ‘teaching observation’

By Sarah Thomson | Getting the chance to teach undergraduates has been simultaneously the most exciting and nerve-wracking part of my PhD so far. This semester I was a tutor on a large undergraduate course. Students went to lectures several times… Continue reading →

Teaching Is Mostly About Learning: Handling Extreme Student Criticism

Anonymous | Last year while teaching, I got a truly terrible email from a student.  For the sake of privacy and confidentiality, I’m not going to post the entire letter here, but I’ll do my best to give you a… Continue reading →

In praise of citations

By Sam Grinsell | To students, academia’s insistence on citation can seem confusing and overly rigid. Why should their essays be accompanied by crawling ant-like footnotes or a string of bracketed names and dates? The deeper one goes into the… Continue reading →

Stop Making Fun of Your Students

By Richard Parfitt |   Something that’s bugged me ever since I started my PhD has been the number of my fellow academics that I see criticising their undergraduate students on social media, particularly on Twitter. Of course, you can see… Continue reading →

Opening up about teaching

By Sam Grinsell | Back in 2016, I worked for six months in a Technology Enhanced Learning department. You might also come across these groups under names such as Educational Technologies or Learning and Teaching, it varies from institution to… Continue reading →

Shredding it, setting it ablaze, feeding it to the dog or: What to do when you are sick of your thesis

By Elke Close ¦ After Laura’s uplifting post about rediscovering your groove, this week I want to give you a little advice on what to do when you cannot stand the thought of anything remotely connected to your PhD thesis. Most… Continue reading →

Student Evaluations: Stop, Change or Continue?

By Fraser Raeburn | For the first time this year, I made my classes fill out anonymous student evaluations at the end of semester. To be honest, I would have done this earlier had I realised that providing tutorial-specific feedback wasn’t… Continue reading →

Self-Funding: The View from Third Year

By Laura Harrison | We’ve talked a lot about funding on this site. We launched the blog with six posts, and one of them was Roseanna’s Guide to Self-funding. Like Roseanna, I’m self-funded, with the added fun of being Canadian, and… Continue reading →

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