York Learning and Teaching Award (YLTA)

From 2018/19 responsibility for developing Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs), including delivery of YLTA, will transfer from the Research Excellent Training Team (RETT) to Academic Practice. Queries relating to current GTA support to the end of the 2017/18 academic year, including for those undertaking YLTA or Skillsforge courses in this time, should be directed to the RETT team. Applicants for the 2018/19 YLTA intake should refer to the Academic Practice pages.

Are you the next generation of academics?

Would you like:

  • to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have a nationally recognised qualification in learning and teaching?
  • to work with like-minded students to design, deliver, evaluate and reflect on your teaching/demonstrating?
  • to be mentored by an academic member of staff to develop your teaching and academic career?

Then you may be interested in the University of York Learning and Teaching Award (YLTA) which is a 9-month accredited programme designed to support research students in developing skills in learning and teaching.

Karen Clegg talks about the YLTA programme and Stephen Oxnard talks about how it helped him secure a lecturing position at Anglia Ruskin University.


Karen Clegg - Director
Researcher Excellence Training Team


Stephen Oxnard
Lecturer in Sound Engineering and Electronics

What the programme offers

The programme is focused around 4 areas:

  • Supporting Student Learning in Higher Education
  • Pedagogy and Academic Practice
  • Learning and Teaching Symposia 
  • Professional Practice and Academic Career Development

Students will be expected to attend all areas of study and complete the assessment requirements and teaching observations. You will become part of a team working together to develop teaching skills and build up a portfolio of evidence to support applications for academic jobs. You will be supported by a YLTA supervisor who will provide feedback on your progress and help you to get the most from the programme.

Requirements of the program

You will need a minimum of 8 hours facilitating student learning through:

  • tutorials
  • seminars
  • problem solving sessions
  • demonstrating
  • one to one tutoring
  • online learning

You also need to ensure you have opportunities to assess student work and that you have been engaged in an additional 12 hours of activity associated with the three areas of academic practice: research, administration and teaching.

Applications for 2017/18

Applications for 2017/18 are now closed. 

"In such a competitive employment climate, the opportunity to complete YLTA is more important than ever. It also demonstrates the commitment of York to high-quality teaching for undergraduate students and support and career development of postgraduate students"

Previous YLTA student

The experience I gained from the programme played a major part in being awarded a Teaching Associate position at Cambridge. It prepared me for the application, articulating a clear philosophy on teaching at the interview, and showed how serious I was about teaching.

Matthew Sparkes, 2013/14