Mentored Teaching Scheme

The Social Sciences Division and the Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE) invite applications from doctoral students in the Social Sciences, who have little or no prior teaching experience, for the opportunity to co-teach Continuing Education students alongside an experienced tutor. The scheme was offered for the first time in 2013-14 in partnership with the Humanities Division and is now being extended to Social Sciences. The deadline for applications this year is Monday, 1 July 2019.  

The main purpose of the scheme is as a development opportunity for those who are seeking a well supported introduction to teaching. OUDCE is also pleased, however, to offer participants a fee of £35 per hour for the teaching that they undertake. 

The availability and distribution of teaching opportunities varies considerably in the University, but there is, in general, a shortage of teaching opportunities for doctoral students. The Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE) runs a large and successful portfolio of Open Access courses within which it can offer opportunities for teaching experience. 

This scheme aims to increase the number of mentored teaching opportunities available to doctoral students and to expand the types of teaching and learning environments that they experience. It will also provide OUDCE with a source of potential tutors who might later be recruited to devise and deliver teaching independently.

What kind of teaching takes place at OUDCE?

The Department for Continuing Education offers a range of courses, both at undergraduate and graduate level (see The largest numbers of enrolments are within its Open Access portfolio, which includes weekly classes, day and weekend schools, summer schools, and online courses. All open access courses are at FHEQ Level 4, the level of the first year of an undergraduate course. Courses are available in a wide range of Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences disciplines. It is mainly within the Open Access portfolio that the teaching experience placements will be made. 


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