Oxford Postgraduate Teaching Network

Annual guest speaker event 2021 – recording now available

Hear Professor Michael Seery (Professor of Chemistry Education, Open University)
discuss Conducting Education Research in STEM

View the recording of our annual guest speaker event in December by enrolling in the OPTN Canvas resource (SSO required) and opening Module 4

Postgraduate taught programmes (PGT) face unique challenges, requiring tailored approaches and solutions. A number of innovative approaches have been developed across the university and Oxford Postgraduate Teaching Network (OPTN) offers an opportunity to share that expertise and to develop new solutions.

The OPTN brings together academic and learning support staff involved in postgraduate taught programmes to share good practice, and provide resources and support for course design, teaching, delivery and assessment methods. 

The OPTN was piloted in the Medical Sciences Division (MSD) in the 2020-21 academic year, in a collaboration between the Centre for Teaching and Learning and MSD teaching staff. 

In 2021-22 it expanded to include the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division (MPLS). 

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Teaching staff identified some of the challenges and opportunities for development in postgraduate teaching. It was agreed the following five themes would be the initial focus of future meetings:  

  1. Diversifying assessment.
  2. Developing critical thinking skills.
  3. Helping tutors to support student mental health.   
  4. Redesigning programmes; implementing change and innovation.
  5. Feedback and student understanding of assessment criteria.  

Future themes will be determined by OPTN participants.

Format for meetings

Meetings will be 90 minutes long and held on Wednesdays from 12.30pm - 2pm. Presentations will be recorded with permission and shared on the OPTN Canvas resource.  

Each meeting will focus on a theme and might typically include: 

  • Short presentations related to the theme. 
  • Tutor and student perspective.
  • Opportunity for small group discussions.
  • Updates on continuing professional development opportunities for staff involved in PGT.

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If you have any queries regarding the OPTN, please contact us.


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