Life and work in academia: event for new and aspiring lecturers in languages, linguistics and area studies

Date: 15 April, 2011
Location: Jesus College, Ship Street Centre, Oxford
Event type: Workshop

Location map | Programme

Aimed at new teaching staff (less than 2 years experience) in languages, linguistics and area studies, this workshop aims to complement ‘generic’ Postgraduate Certificate courses offered by institutions. The workshop will also be useful for experienced staff who are new to the UK and finishing and recent PhD students seeking academic employment.

The event will take a holistic and long term examination of the academic career and will include discussions of:

  • Managing an academic career
  • Career promotion and progression (for both fixed-term and permanent staff)
  • Making the most of the Subject Centre
  • Good practice in e-learning
  • Assessment of student learning and feedback

Learning outcomes

  • Recognise the diverse roles of an academic and how to balance competing demands
  • Plan for future career promotion and progression
  • Recognise the importance of service in universities and in subject associations
  • Develop good practice in e-learning
  • Outline key issues in the assessment of student learning


  • There is a charge of £79 for employees and postgraduate students of publicly funded UK educational institutions to attend this event.
  • There is a charge of £99 for employees and postgraduate students of private institutions/organisations and non-UK institutions to attend this event.
  • Please note that we reserve the right to retain the fee of £79 if you do not notify us before Friday 8 April 2011 that you are unable to attend.
  • Full details of our charging policy are available.
  • Lunch will be provided.

Travel bursary

Travel bursaries are not available for this event.

Provisional programme for 15 April 2010
Time Session
10.00 - 10.30 Registration and coffee
10.30 - 10.45 Welcome and introductions
10.45 - 11.30

The university academic: one job, many roles
Elisabeth Kendall
University of Oxford

11.30 - 12.00 Supporting teaching and learning in languages, linguistics and area studies: What can the Subject Centre do for you?
12.00 - 12.45 From specialist to generalist: teaching across the discipline
The PhD is by its nature very specialist. However, as a teacher in higher education you need to be able to teach a wide range of course across your discipline. This could include teaching introductory courses and language classes.
Sarah Rule, University of Southampton
12.45 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.30 Using, developing and sharing teaching resources
Kate Borthwick
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
Powerpoint Slides (PowerPoint, 5.49 MB)   
14.30 - 15.30 Assessment and feedback
John Canning
Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
15.30 - 15.45 Tea break
15.45 - 16.30 Promotion and progression
16.30 - 17.00 Open discussion
Participants will be invited to comment or ask further questions concerning the content of the workshops and/ or raise issues which have not been covered.