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Introduction to Teaching and Learning

The Academic Practice Team welcomes postgraduate researchers and postdoctoral researchers to enrol onto Introduction to Teaching and Learning training.

This 7-hour workshop provides an induction into Higher Education learning and teaching, and into working as a GTA at the University of York, to be followed by departmental induction.

All new GTAs are required* to complete one Introduction to Teaching and Learning workshop, though all PGRs are welcome, space permitting. 

(Your Skillsforge record will show whether you’ve already completed it).

What does the training comprise?

Each workshop consists of self-study (online) + seminar (in-person)**: both need to be completed.



Self-study modules (~ 5-6 hours): ONLINE

  • Core module +
  • Specialist module

To complete in the two weeks before the seminar

Seminar (1.5 hours): IN-PERSON**

an interactive seminar with tasks and discussion

Dates listed here and on Skillsforge

Which workshop should you sign up for? 

There are three different Introduction to Teaching and Learning workshops;you should complete the one recommended by your department:

Introduction to Teaching and Learning Workshop

For which departments

Facilitating seminars and discussion-based learning


Centre for Women’s Studies


English and Related Literature

Health Sciences


History of Art

Language and Linguistic Science






Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW)


Theatre, Film and Interactive Media (TFTI)


Facilitating practical and laboratory demonstrations

Computer Science

Electronic Engineering



Facilitating problem-solving and problem-based learning

Economics and Related Studies Environment and Geography Mathematics


Biology: contact your GTA Coordinator.      Chemistry: contact your GTA Coordinator

How to book

NOTE: Bookings close 2 weeks before each seminar: this is to ensure you have time to complete the self-study component beforehand. You'll receive access to this two weeks before the seminar date.

If you’re a PGR or new GTA:

  1. Go to SkillsForge, choose ‘Postgraduates who Teach’ and find the relevant Introduction to Teaching and Learning workshop recommended by your department. 
  2. Book a seminar: make sure you are available at that time and can complete the self-study in advance.

If you’re not a PGR (and don't have access to SkillsForge):

Check the workshop dates and seminar times; then book by completing the manual booking form.

If you can’t find a workshop available on a suitable date or time:

If you can’t see the workshop you'd like to attend, or can’t attend on the advertised dates, please complete this expression of interest form. If there is enough demand, extra workshop dates may be added; Academic Practice will contact you if so.

For any further questions, please contact the Academic Practice team:

Additional training: Supervising dissertations and projects

We also run a supervision workshop for those supervising undergraduate and master’s dissertations and projects. This is aimed primarily at post-doctoral researchers and staff: book by completing this booking form. PGRs involved in supervision should sign up for this training if their departments recommend it.

*Unless your departmental GTA Coordinator has secured exemption for you. **Some seminars are online for those who are unable to attend in person.