SISA6 - Supporting Researchers who Teach - Enhancing professional learning & employability through an effective community of practice

Day Day 1
Code SISA6
Start time 17.40
Room Norfolk
Audience Work with Doctoral Researchers

Rosalind Beaumont, Lecturer in eLearning & Postgraduate Skills, Newcastle University

Professor Robin Humphrey, Director of Postgraduate Research Training Programme, Newcastle University

Session outline:

Teaching whilst researching has long been a way for individuals to gain skills & experience to strengthen their employability during, and on completion, of their research. 
At Newcastle University, the Humanities & Social Science Faculty has offered 2nd & 3rd year PhD students the opportunity to become Teaching Assistants (TAs) on research-oriented masters modules for over a decade. In 2017-18, TAs have supported technology-enhanced learning (TEL) on these modules for the first time, in addition to continuing to lead seminar groups & formally assess student work.
In this presentation, we will outline:
  • how Teaching Assistants are supported in developing their skills & knowledge on one research-oriented module
  • how our approach develops an effective community of practice to maximise professional learning relevant to their immediate and future work contexts, including preparing for academic practice (Beaton & Gilbert, 2013; Knight et al 2006).
  • the outcomes of the TA experience survey on the module, along with proposed future developments.

Themes covered:

  • Employability of researchers; enabling career transitions, championing the breadth of researcher careers and encouraging intersectoral mobility