Teaching fellowship preparation


This programme provides early career academic staff (typically with 1 to 3 years of teaching experience) with a structured, time-conscious pathway to recognition as a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (UK Professional Standards Framework - for the TFP programme see page 5 of the UKPSF document, Standard Descriptor 2). Fellow status is a portable qualification recognised across the UK and, in some cases, internationally; it is becoming increasingly important in higher education policy and increasingly 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. Through seminars, readings, collaborative work with colleagues in related disciplines, and a series of assignments, participants will:

  1. Explore the distinction between learning and teaching and why that is important to their teaching.
  2. Expand how they think about and approach learning and teaching in a variety of settings (e.g. tutorials, supervising research students, lectures, class teaching).
  3. Apply and adapt key ideas and principles from selected educational literature to their own teaching context.
  4. Evaluate, plan and enhance their own teaching.
  5. Develop and practice a systematic approach to continued professional learning.


The 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 attend 3.5 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 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 their own teaching goals and values, relate them to their own teaching context and discuss their 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 they teach the way you do rather than another possible way, and how their chosen strategies might affect their students.
  4. Connect relevant key ideas in educational literature to their own teaching and their students’ learning.
  5. Articulate how (and why) their own teaching practice and understanding of learning and teaching has evolved during the course.


During the programme, participants will complete four assignments and will receive feedback on draft work from peers and tutors. At the end of the programme, they will assemble their assignments into a final portfolio of 8,000-12,000 words. Each portfolio will be assessed against the learning outcomes of the programme and the requirements for Fellowship under the UK Professional Standards Framework.

Enrolment and seminar dates

This programme will normally be available twice in each academic year, beginning in Michaelmas term or Hilary term, with seminars taking place across two terms. 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 Developing Learning and Teaching.

To apply to join this programme

Select one of the start dates from the lists below.

Humanities and Social Sciences programme dates

Michaelmas term 2015 start

Deadline for applications for the programme is Friday 4 September 2015.

Monday 5 October 2015 (Week 0, MT) Seminar 1 09.30 - 16.30
Thursday 8 October 2015 (Week 0, MT) Seminar 2 09.30 - 12.30
Wednesday 13 January 2016 (Week 0, HT) Seminar 3 09.30 - 16.30
Monday 14 March 2016 (Week 9, HT) Seminar 4 09.30 - 16.30
Monday 23 May 2016 (Week 5, TT) Portfolio Submission Deadline 16.00

Hilary term 2016 start

Deadline for applications for the programme is Friday 27 November 2015.

Wednesday 6 January 2016 (Week -1, HT) Seminar 1 09.30 - 16.30
Thursday 7 January 2016 (Week -1, HT) Seminar 2 09.30 - 12.30
Wednesday 20 April 2016 (Week 0, TT) Seminar 3 09.30 - 16.30
Monday 20 June 2016 (Week 9, TT) Seminar 4 09.30 - 16.30
Monday 5 September 2016 (Vacation) Portfolio Submission Deadline 16.00

Sciences programme dates

Hilary term 2016 start

Deadline for applications for the programme is Friday 27 November 2015.

Thursday 7 January 2016 (Week -1 HT) Workshop 1 13.30 - 16.30
Friday 8 January 2016 (Week -1 HT) Workshop 2 09.30 - 16.30
Monday 18 April 2016 (Week 0 TT) Workshop 3 09.30 - 16.30
Tuesday 19 April 2016 (Week 0 TT) Workshop 4 09.30 - 12.30
Thursday 30 June 2016 (Week 10 TT) Workshop 5 09.30 - 16.30
Monday 12 September 2016 (Vacation) Portfolio Submission Deadline 16.00