Teaching fellowship preparation


This programme provides early career academic staff (typically with 1 to 5 years of teaching experience) with a structured, time-conscious pathway to a nationally-recognised teaching qualification aligned with the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) for teaching and supporting learning in Higher Education, at Descriptor 2. Professional recognition for your teaching is becoming increasingly important in higher education policy and sought by those hiring for academic posts in the UK. There are two versions of the programme available, depending upon which division you teach in or the nature of the subject you teach:  TFP Humanities and Social Sciences, and TFP Sciences. 


The TFP programme is designed as a short, part-time programme that accommodates the schedules of busy teaching academics at Oxford. Beginning in Michaelmas or Hilary Term, participants will be expected to attend 3.5 or 4 days of seminars held outside termtime and should allow regular time during the nine months of the programme to undertake practical teaching tasks (observation and teaching evaluation), to complete formative written assignments, and to meet with colleagues, tutors and mentors.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, it is expected that participants will be able to:

  1. Describe your own teaching goals and values, relate them to your own teaching context and discuss your overall approach to teaching (your teaching philosophy).
  2. Critically consider alternative approaches to teaching and learning, e.g. at other institutions or in other disciplines.
  3. Explain why you teach the way you do rather than another possible way, and how your chosen strategies might affect your students.
  4. Connect relevant key ideas in educational literature to your own teaching and your students’ learning.
  5. Articulate how (and why) your own teaching practice and understanding of learning and teaching has evolved over time and your ideas for future development.
  6. Critically consider issues of student diversity as they may affect your subject area/institution and explore ways in which your teaching can be responsive to a heterogeneous student body.


During the programme, participants will complete four formative assignments and will receive feedback on draft work from peers and tutors. At the end of the programme, they will assemble these assignments into a final portfolio of up to 12,000 words. 

Enrolment and seminar dates

The TFP programme is available twice in each academic year, beginning in Michaelmas term and Hilary term.

The portfolio submission date usually falls approximately 9 months after the programme start date. Seminars are scheduled during the fortnight before and after full term (e.g. -0th, 0th, 9th or 10th weeks).

Please note that this programme is typically not open to graduate students. DPhil candidates are encouraged to enrol in the Developing Learning and Teaching programme.

To apply to join this programme

The TFP application form and seminar dates for the academic year 2016-2017 will be available in Spring 2016.

Select one of the start dates from the lists below.