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Tue 13 Jun 2023
10:00 - 13:00

Venue: Student Services Centre, New Wing Seminar Room

Provided by: Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


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An Introduction to Undergraduate Supervision (Essay-Based Subjects)

Tue 13 Jun 2023


This course prepares you to supervise undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge in essay-based subjects. It explores the challenges and approaches involved in supervising undergraduates as well as providing practical advice and strategies.

The course consists of three components:

1. A pre-workshop self-paced module containing information on the Cambridge supervision system and introduces the principles and practices of effective teaching and learning.
2. An in-person workshop that incorporates personal reflection on teaching practice, design of learning activities, discussion of real teaching scenarios, a chance to discuss and ask questions and access to practical information about organising and carrying out your supervisions.
3. A post-workshop information pack containing additional resources for ongoing support and information

The training provided in this course complements any training you may receive from your department or college and is required by colleges before you can carry out supervisions.

Target audience

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and STEMM PhD Students and Postdocs or anyone new to undergraduate supervisions in problem essay-based subjects.


Completion of Pre-Workshop Online Materials

  • All participants will be directed to an online module in advance of attending the in-person workshop
  • This online module will provide some background information on Cambridge undergraduate teaching and the role of the supervisor in enhancing student learning as well as some reflective activities.
  • You will also be given a representative student essay to read before the in-person workshop
  • Completion of this module is necessary for you to be able to participate in the subsequent in-person workshop.

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 13 Jun 2023   10:00 - 13:00 10:00 - 13:00 Student Services Centre, New Wing Seminar Room map Matt Castle

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:

  • Introduction to supervising (including what supervisions are, format, preparing for them)
  • Background information (British education system, Cambridge undergraduate system)
  • Role of a supervisor
  • Designing learning activities
  • Inclusive discussions and interactions
  • Dealing with different supervision scenarios
  • Effective feedback practices
  • Practical tips and advice for planning supervisions
  • Resources for ongoing support and information

Blended learning course consists of introductory online component, an in-person workshop, comprising of discussions and activities and a follow-up online component.

Post-workshop online material
  • After taking part in the in-person workshop, you will be given access to a permanent online resource which will include examples of supervisory practices across different disciplines as well as more detailed information about aspects of supervision practices at the University of Cambridge.
  • It will provide information on topics such as using CamCORS, supervising students with disabilities, and useful Library resources.
  • In addition, the package will include links to useful discipline-specific materials such as departmental marking criteria and supervision guides.

Online sessions (Module 1 and Module 3): approximately 1 hour each

In-person workshop: 3 hours, including a coffee break (refreshments not provided)


Multiple instances throughout the academic year

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