New to Teaching

Starting out in teaching may seem a bit daunting at first, however help is at hand.

The Learning and Teaching Academy is here to support you throughout your teaching career. If you’re new to teaching here’s how to get started:

  1. Attend the ‘Getting started in teaching at Heriot-Watt workshop’ as soon as you can.
  2. Read ‘In at the deep end’ and explore the other resources on this website.
  3. After you’ve attended our ‘Getting started’ workshop, or if you are in the first three years of teaching at Heriot-Watt, join the New to Teaching Network.

More information on this support is provided below.

In At The Deep End

This resource aims to help you cope well with those first critical elements of your work in teaching in higher education. It also provides tips and tactics that may be useful to those of you more experienced in university teaching, adding further insight and approaches to your repertoire.
Read 'In at the Deep End'

Getting Started with Teaching Workshops

We offer Getting Started with Teaching workshops throughout the year. These consist of two x 2-hour workshops (participants need to attend both workshops). They are designed to support anyone new to teaching to effectively prepare for and deliver their first few teaching sessions.

The Getting Started with Teaching workshops are open to all staff and postgraduate students who are supporting teaching and learning.

More information, along with the dates and times of forthcoming sessions, is available on the events page.

New to Teaching Network

The Heriot-Watt New to Teaching Network is a community of practice facilitated by the Learning and Teaching Academy.

It is a space for those new to teaching at Heriot-Watt to come together to share ideas and experiences, to develop contacts within the University and to extend your understanding of learning and teaching at Heriot-Watt.

Each month we run two sessions on a single theme (at times to suit staff across all our campuses) with the expectation that participants will attend just one of these sessions. The sessions offer the opportunity to share challenges and successes in your teaching with other Network members, and to gain ideas and resources to support you in developing your teaching practice.

The network is open to anyone within their first three years of teaching and supporting learners at Heriot-Watt.

More information, along with the dates and times of forthcoming sessions, is available on the events page.

If you have any questions regarding this network then please contact Rob Daley via PGCertTL@hw.ac.uk

Hints and tips for those new to teaching

In this video, Prof. Phil Race shares top tips for people who are new to teaching in higher education.