Introduction to learning and teaching in higher education for postgraduates (ILT)

The Centre for Learning and Academic Development at the University of Birmingham runs an introductory programme in higher education learning and teaching especially for postgraduate researchers who have, or expect to have, a teaching, tutoring or laboratory-demonstrating role within their school

Attending some of these sessions are compulsory for all postgraduates who teach. 

Course overview

The programme addresses core aspects of teaching and supporting learning which aim to underpin any subject or context specific training that is received within school settings.  It consists of a series of workshops which should cover the full range of teaching and learning support activities undertaken by postgraduate researchers. 

Part One provides a general introduction to teaching, and participants must attend this course before they can progress onto the second part of the programme.  

Part Two offers a selection of courses to enable postgraduates to develop their skills in ways that relate to their individual teaching responsibilities. 

Online course content

The course content for all ILT workshops will be made available on Canvas. You can access this by self-enrolling on this course using this link:

The content is constantly updated, and you will have access to it all year round, so do come back to find specific content relating to your teaching practice.

 Attendance requirements

All postgraduates with teaching responsibilities must attend the introductory Part One course and at least one course from the Part Two option list, as appropriate to their teaching context and determined by their School – for example all demonstrators should attend Laboratory-Based Demonstrating and anyone involved with assessment should attend Introduction to Assessment and Feedback. Individuals may also enrol onto additional courses if they wish. Some postgraduates with teaching responsibilities may be exempt from attending these workshops, subject to the agreement of their Head of School.

Please note that this requirement does not apply to those who have already completed previous CLAD courses for postgraduate teaching assistants. If in doubt, please check with the CLAD team at

Related Links

Introduction to Academic Practice (IAPDR) for doctoral researchers: accredited module

ILTHE for postgraduates flyer 
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