Oxford Postgraduate Teaching Network


Recordings and resources from April 2022 meeting now available

Developing PGT courses part 1: Planning, pedagogy, partnership, and assessment

Self-enrol with https://canvas.ox.ac.uk/enroll/4K8LDD to access the recordings and resources 


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

The network 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. 

It was piloted in the Medical Sciences Division (MSD) in 2020-21, in a collaboration between the Centre for Teaching and Learning and MSD teaching staff, and in 2021-22 it expanded to include the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division. 

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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 network participants.

Format for meetings

Meetings will be 90 minutes long and held on Wednesdays from 12.30-2pm. Presentations will be recorded with permission and shared on the network Canvas resource for network members to view at any time. 

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.

The meeting theme was Developing PGT courses part 1: Planning, pedagogy, partnership, and assessment. Please see the meeting outline below.

You can self-enrol in the Oxford Postgraduate Teaching Network Canvas course with https://canvas.ox.ac.uk/enroll/4K8LDD to access the recordings and resources from the meeting.






Introduction to today’s theme

Delia O’Rourke, Centre for Teaching and Learning


Diversifying assessment in an online MSc

Lizzie Hill, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences


Designing and using evaluation in your PGT programme

Elizabeth Rahman, Centre for Teaching and Learning


Developing the MSc in Precision Cancer Medicine

Anna Schuh, Department of Oncology


Developing the MSc in Medical Physics 

Daniel McGowan, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust



Tracy Bye, Department of Oncology


Meeting finish


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