Developing learning and teaching

The DLT programmes

The Developing Learning and Teaching (DLT) programme is intended for postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers who are new to teaching and who have already completed a Preparation for Learning and Teaching at Oxford (PLTO) course. There are different versions of the DLT Programme designed to support teaching in the different Divisions; there are however, common elements to all DLT Programmes, including: the requirement to attend a series of taught interactive workshops/seminars; engagement with some educational literature; designing a teaching session plan and evaluation of teaching. Through engagement with the taught sessions and associated formative exercises, participants have the opportunity to develop a teaching portfolio (2,500-5,000 words). All DLT Programmes are accredited by the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA), a UK-based professional association promoting innovation and good practice in higher education. Successful completion of the taught Programme and teaching portfolio leads to the SEDA PDF Support Learning Award, which is aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education, at Descriptor 1. This is a nationally-recognised teaching qualification.

To participate in DLT Programmes, graduate or Postdoctoral researchers should have completed a PLTO course, where available, and already have, or be able to gain, some experience of teaching during the DLT Programme.

Different versions of this programme are run by each of the divisions in accordance with local requirements. If you wish to take part in one of the programmes, you should contact the divisional organisers in the first instance via the web links below.

Humanities website 

Medical Sciences website

DLT for Medical Educators (290kb)

MPLS website 

Social Sciences (email link)

(NB: Information about the MPLS Doctoral Training Centre's own DLT programme can be obtained directly from the Centre)

This DLT Portfolio Submission & Assessment Handbook (216kb)  provides information about the elements which are common to all programmes. You may receive supplementary details specific to your Division and broad subject area when you sign up and attend a workshop/ seminar programme.

Submitting your Developing Learning and Teaching portfolio

The assessment of DLT portfolios is administered centrally by the Oxford Learning Institute.

Submission deadlines are every term on Monday of 1st week at 12.00 noon. Actual dates are listed below.

Having followed the DTC programme or one of the divisional programmes and completed your written portfolio, please submit two hard copies, each with a completed cover sheet, to:

DLT Portfolio Administrator
Oxford Learning Institute
16-17 St Ebbe's Street
Oxford OX1 1PT

You are also required to email a copy of your portfolio and cover sheet to the Educational Development Adminstrator. You can download a copy of the cover sheet here:

DLT Portfolio Cover Sheet (18kb)

The cover sheet is a Word document. If you complete it with your personal details, then cut and paste the whole page into the beginning of your portfolio (also in Word), this will mean you don't have to complete the form by hand or struggle with scanning it, etc. You can submit your portfolio as a Word document or a PDF.


If you are re-submitting, you should attach a Resubmission Cover Sheet in addition to the main one. This form allows you to indicate the changes made in response to examiners' feedback on your earlier portfolio submission, enabling your new submission to be assessed fairly.

DLT Resubmission Cover Sheet (18kb)

Advice and assistance

If you need technical advice about submitting your work you may telephone the ED Administrator on 01865 286965.

They will not be able to help you with academic questions about the content of your portfolio. Nonetheless, such advice is available through the Learning Institute's Educational Development Consultants. You may contact them by email:

Getting your results

 Submission deadlines (2017-18)Result available

Michaelmas term

Monday, 1st Week (9 October 2017, 12.00 noon) Monday, 4 December 2017 (9th Week)

Hilary term

Monday, 1st Week (15 January 2018, 12.00 noon) Monday, 12 March 2018 (9th Week)

Trinity term

Monday, 1st Week (23 April 2018, 12.00 noon) Monday, 18 June 2018 (9th Week)


Resources for teaching

Additional resources, which you may find useful as you plan and carry out your teaching work, appear on the Learning Institute's Teaching resources page.

These offer ideas, advice and references to educational literature concerning topics which include giving useful feedback to students, teaching different sized groups, dealing with cultural diversity, and evaluating your own teaching by various means.