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Fri 7 Jun 2019
10:00 - 12:30


Provided by: Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


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Effective Undergraduate Supervision (Life Sciences)

Fri 7 Jun 2019


Looking back at your experience of education you can probably remember those teachers and lecturers who were excellent. We remember the ones who were good because they have left a lasting impact on us; shaping both our learning in the past and our approach as teachers. Supervising undergraduate students at Cambridge can be one of the most rewarding activities for PhDs and Postdocs and this course is designed to make sure that you can offer your best and hopefully be one of those memorable teachers for someone else.

This blended workshop incorporates personal reflection on teaching practice, discussion of real teaching scenarios, a chance to ask questions of an experienced supervisor and access to practical information about organising and carrying out your supervisions.

This training is required by many colleges before you can carry out supervisions and is always a popular course.

Target audience

Life Sciences PhD Students and Postdocs


Completion of Pre-Workshop Online Materials

  • A short online package will be sent to all participants in advance of attending the workshop
  • This on line package will provide some background information on Cambridge undergraduate teaching and the role of the supervisor in enhancing student learning
  • This package is interactive in nature and you will be asked to consider your own perceptions about what it means to be a supervisor of undergraduate students
  • You will also be given a representative essay to read before the face-to-face session

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 7 Jun 2019   10:00 - 12:30 10:00 - 12:30 Student Services Centre, Meeting Room CG09 map Dr Sam Byers

By the end of this course you will know:

  • the purpose of supervisions at Cambridge
  • how to deal with common supervision scenarios
  • how to provide effective feedback
  • the practicalities of starting to supervise

Topics covered:

Stage 1 – Online

  • Introduction to supervising (including what supervisions are, format, preparing for them)
  • Background information for those who need it (British education system, Cambridge undergraduate system)

Stage 2 - Face-to-face workshop

  • What good teaching looks like
  • Role of a supervisor
  • Dealing with different supervision scenarios
  • The purpose of feedback
  • The content of supervisions

Stage 3 – Online

  • Summary of what you have learnt
  • Practical tips and advice
  • Resources for ongoing support and information

Interactive Workshop:
A highly interactive workshop for 20 researchers involving group discussion, activities and Q&A components.
Come ready to contribute!

Post-workshop online package
  • After taking part in the face-to-face workshop, you will be given access to a permanent online resource which will include outputs from the workshop session, as well as more detailed information about aspects of supervision practices at the University of Cambridge.
  • It will provide information on topics such as effective feedback practices, reporting to college(s) on your supervisions using CamCORS, supervising students with disabilities, and effective questioning strategies.
  • In addition, the package will include links to useful discipline-specific materials such as departmental marking criteria and supervision guides.

Online sessions: about 1 hour each (Stage 1 and Stage 3)
Face-to-face workshop: 3 hours including a coffee break


Multiple instances each term at both the Biomedical Campus and Town Centre


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