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Introduction to Teaching and Learning

The Academic Practice Team welcomes postgraduate researchers, post-doctoral researchers and staff to enrol onto the Introduction to Teaching and Learning training. 

This 7-hour workshop provides an induction into Higher Education learning and teaching and into working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) at the University of York.

It aims to build your confidence to teach effectively as a GTA, offering a grounding for subsequent discipline-specific induction in your department. 

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 this training.)

What does the training comprise?

The Introduction to Teaching and Learning training consists of:

 a 4-hour advance self-study component:
  to complete and submit in the two weeks before the workshop


a 2-hour workshop:  an interactive workshop** with tasks and discussion

The training covers:

  • An overview of teaching and learning in the HE context
  • Planning and preparation 
  • Marking and assessment
  • Inclusivity and diversity issues 
  • Dealing with challenging teaching scenarios
  • Support and professional development opportunities for GTAs at York

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:

Workshop version

Recommended by these departments


Facilitating seminars and discussion-based learning


Centre for Medieval Studies

Centre for Women’s Studies


English and Related Literature

Environment and Geography

Health Sciences


History of Art

Language and Linguistic Science






Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW)


Theatre, Film and Interactive Media (TFTI)

The York Management School (TYMS)

York Law School 

Facilitating practical and laboratory demonstrations

Computer Science

Electronic Engineering




Facilitating problem-solving and problem-based learning

Economics and Related Studies



Dates for each workshop are listed here and on SkillsForge.

*  Unless your departmental GTA Coordinator has secured exemption for you.     

** Some workshops are online for those who are unable to attend in person.



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:

  1. Choose one workshop, as recommended by your department: see table above.
  2. Go to SkillsForge, choose ‘Postgraduates who Teach’ on the left, and find the relevant Introduction to Teaching and Learning workshop. 
  3. Book a workshop: 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:

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: