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Tue 3 Oct 2023
10:00 - 13:00

Venue: Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d

Provided by: Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


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An Introduction to Undergraduate Supervision (Problem Sheet-Based Subjects)

Tue 3 Oct 2023


This practical programme is only for those who are scheduled to begin supervising in the next few months; it is not for those who - at this point - have a general interest in learning more about supervisions but have not arranged to start supervising.

This workshop is the second component of a three-part programme, which is designed to be completed in the following order:

1. A self-paced online module containing information on the Cambridge supervision system and introducing the principles and practices of effective teaching and learning, which must be completed before attending this workshop.
2. This 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. An optional follow-up session for those who wish to explore further after gaining some supervision experience.

Please note that everyone new to supervising undergraduates at Cambridge must complete this course: both the online module and the workshop (or equivalent face-to-face training provided by your Department or Faculty).

Bookings for all workshops will close two days before the workshop to give you time to complete the online module ahead of the workshop.

Target audience

Anyone new to undergraduate supervision in subjects that assign problem sheets as supervision work, such as Chemistry, Engineering, Maths, Physics, etc.

  • You must be scheduled to begin supervising in the next few months
  • All participants must complete the online module in advance of attending this in-person workshop

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 3 Oct 2023   10:00 - 13:00 10:00 - 13:00 Student Services Centre, Exams Hall, Room AG03d map Paul Fannon
  • understand the purpose of supervisions and the role of the supervisor
  • feel ready to begin supervising
  • learn and practise techniques for designing learning activities, using feedback effectively and creating inclusive learning environments
  • consider ways of building your supervisory practice over time

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 consisting of introductory online module, an in-person workshop comprising discussions and activities, and an optional follow-up session.


Online session: approximately 1.5-2 hours

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


Multiple instances throughout the academic year. We may publish extra dates throughout the year in response to demand.

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