When I was teaching as a postgraduate lecturer, I didn’t get a great deal of guidance, although my PGCLTHE completed over the past couple of years has been incredibly helpful… how do others fare?
Only about a third of postgraduates who are employed by their university as teachers feel that they receive appropriate supervision and feedback.
The statistic is included in a charter produced by the National Union of Students and the University and College Union setting out how universities should address the issue.
In a survey of about 350 postgraduates with teaching experience, 36 per cent agreed that they had received appropriate supervision and feedback, while 63 per cent had received no advice on professional development or training.
However, 87 per cent said they were confident that they performed their teaching role adequately.
The Postgraduate Employment Charter lists 10 principles of good practice relating to the employment of postgraduates.
Sally Hunt, UCU general secretary, said it “reaffirms that postgraduate researchers have the right to the same treatment as other university staff, meaning a proper contract, adequate payment, training and access to resources to support their work”.
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Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.