Teaching can be an important part of the PGR student experience.  It allows early career academics the chance to develop a key skill, and can also have a positive impact on the students they teach. To ensure that their teaching, as well as the student experience, is the right quality, PGWT need support from their institution.


We explored this topic, and have produced a film and three valuable resources for both PGWT and their institutions.


What I wish I'd known when I started teaching


A film about PGWT covering a range of institutions and academic disciplines. The film is for PGWT and staff in institutions who support them.


National and international scan of policy and practice


We set up a project team to examine existing policies and strategies to support PGWT. All institutions in Scotland took part in the project. Institutions from other parts of the UK, along with North America, Asia, Africa and Australasia, were also included.


The project team included members from the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow. They discuss their experiences of the project in the blog post Teaching Matters.


Scans of current policy and practice for the support of postgraduates who teach (PGWT)

Publication Date: 11 Apr 2018

This document provides a summary of current policy and practice in Scottish, Rest of the UK (rUK), and international Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for postgraduates who teach (PGWT). This work was complete as part of the Focus On: Postgraduate Student Research (PGR) Student Experience project.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 540 KB

Statement of expectations


The findings from the scan project informed the Statement of Expectations. We produced this to support PGWT.


Statement of expectations for the support of PGWT

Publication Date: 11 Apr 2018

This statement of expectations document is intended to provide institutions with a practical tool to benchmark, evaluate and enhance their provision in policy and practice using approaches tried and tested by colleagues in the Scottish sector and beyond. This work was complete as part of the Focus On: Postgraduate Student Research (PGR) Student Experience project. 

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 610 KB

Key issues for discussion


Want to know how you might go about enhancing support for PGWT? Use the Key issues for discussion document to generate conversations within your institution.


PGWT – Key issues for discussion

Publication Date: 11 Apr 2018

This paper aims to stimulate discussions from all perspectives involved in recognising postgraduates who teach (PGWT) as an active part of the academic community. This work was complete as part of the Focus On: Postgraduate Student Research (PGR) Student Experience project.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 239 KB

Resource shared by an institution


The University of Dundee have shared a case study related to supporting effective practice in postgraduate supervision. We are grateful to the University for giving permission to share this resource.


Supporting Effective Practice in Postgraduate Supervision

Publication Date: 11 Apr 2018

This case study by the University of Dundee reflects on the different Phd student roles of the supervisor and research students. This case study was submitted as part of the Support for staff who supervise research students strand of the Focus On Postgraduate Student Research (PGR) Student Experience project.

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Author: University of Dundee
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Size: 109 KB