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Fri 6 Oct 2023
13:30 - 16:00

Venue: Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Meeting Room 4, AL.08

Provided by: Faculty of Mathematics


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Maths: Teaching and Supervising Mathematics Undergraduates

Fri 6 Oct 2023


This course complements the supervising training and information your Department will provide. It is a course that consists of: an online module, which introduces practices and principles of undergraduate supervision at Cambridge, and an online workshop in which you will explore challenges and approaches to supervising.

Target audience

First year PhD students who were also undergraduates at Cambridge.


Completion of Pre-Workshop Online Materials

  • A short online package will be sent to all participants in advance of attending the workshop
  • This online package will provide some background information on Cambridge's undergraduate teaching system 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 should expect to spend 1-3 hours on this preparation. The amount of preparation time will vary, depending on whether you are familiar with the information in the module on UK secondary education and undergraduate supervision at Cambridge.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Fri 6 Oct 2023   13:30 - 16:00 13:30 - 16:00 Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Meeting Room 4, AL.08 map Dr Orsola Rath Spivack

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 supervision (including what supervisions are, format, preparing for them)
  • Background information for those who need it (British education system, Cambridge undergraduate system)
  • Role of a supervisor
  • Dealing with different supervision scenarios
  • Departmental information
  • Summary of what you have learnt
  • Practical tips and advice
  • Resources for ongoing support and information

Blended learning course consists of introductory online component, online workshop and follow-up online component.

Post-workshop online materials
  • 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 aas effective feedback practices, reporting to college(s) on your supervisions using CamCORS, supervising students with disabilities, and effective questioning strategies.
  • In addition, the pachage will include links to useful discipline-specific materials such as departmental marking criteria and supervision guides.
  • Three sessions in Michaelmas Term
Supervision/Teaching Training

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