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We promote the continued professional development of Goldsmiths’ staff in teaching in higher education (HE) through several routes.

At present, most of these opportunities are only open to Goldsmiths staff. 

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

Goldsmiths' Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (referred to as the PG Cert hereafter) is designed to enhance the pedagogical practice of staff involved in teaching at Goldsmiths.

Who it is for

The course is open to those with at least 30 hours of paid teaching (including 15 hours in the autumn term) on a Goldsmiths accredited programme.

No sessions of the programme will run in the autumn term 2020/21, due to Covid- 19 related planning. If you are interested to join the list for further information when it is available, please email (only using a Goldsmiths email address) talic (


The programme aims to help colleagues to:

  • receive feedback on their teaching through formal teaching observations
  • exchange experience with others who teach at Goldsmiths
  • reflect on their own academic practice
  • explore the national and international context of Higher Education
  • learn more about trends, research and theories of pedagogy
  • gain accredited recognition for their Higher Education teaching practice

What it involves

The programme consists of a series of study days, teaching observations, reflection logs, projects and coursework.

During PG Cert study days, established teachers discuss existing pedagogical theory and practice informed by the lived experience of teaching at university.

Participants on the programme explore, discuss and debate theories of learning and teaching in Higher Education, and reflect on their own teaching activities, both individually and with their academic peers.

The PG Cert consistently gains outstanding participant and external examiner evaluations. Several alumni have gone on to be nominated for and to win Goldsmiths’ Student-led Teaching Awards.

How to Apply

Applications are open to Goldsmiths teaching staff only and made through MyGoldsmiths

Please visit How to Apply, in the section Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.


For general or administrative queries, please email talic (

Academic Practice Award

The Academic Practice Award (APA) is run by TaLIC in collaboration with the Graduate School.

What it involves

It explores all aspects of an academic career: research, teaching, administration, trends in Higher Education (HE), grant writing, publishing, practice and more.

Who it is for

This award is intended for Goldsmiths’ postgraduate research students. Only registered MPhil/PhD students at Goldsmiths are eligible for this 30 Masters (M) Level credit module.

The benefits it provides

In terms of HE teaching, the APA can help bridge an important potential gap.

It can sometimes be difficult for postgraduates to secure tutoring positions.

Since a sizable portion of the APA is dedicated to teaching in HE, it provides postgraduate students with a qualification that can give them an edge when seeking tutoring positions.

It will also be a positive addition to one’s CV when seeking a researcher/teacher position upon graduation from one’s PhD studies.


If you are a member of Goldsmiths and wish to find out more about the Academic Practice Award, please contact either talic ( or graduateschool (

Graduate Tutor Training Sessions

TaLIC runs a series of Graduate Tutor Training Sessions each year.

These sessions are most appropriate for new teaching staff, Graduate Tutors, Associate Lecturers and Teaching Fellows.

These are typically half-day events that focus on various aspects of tutoring such as small group, large group and practice-based teaching.

For more information please contact either m.c.halvorson ( or talic (

TaLIC Teaching Grants

The TaLIC Teaching Grants are awarded to project proposals that are likely to extend our knowledge or introduce innovative and/or enhanced pedagogical practice to Goldsmiths.

TaLIC offer up to £2000 for small-scale projects (typically confined to one department) and £5,000 for large scale projects (typically involving two or more departments).

These projects must be aligned to Goldsmiths’ Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy (LTAS) and projects are more likely to be funded if they are of relevance to pedagogy across the college rather than being narrowly relevant to just one discipline.

Example of previously funded projects include:

  • Using the HEAR to support personal tutors in engaging students with employability
  • Pokemon code: Gamified learning for core programming skills 
  • Expanding, re-visiting and developing Goldsmiths Information Skills Tutorial to create an online Enhanced Academic Skills resource
  • Who am I as a teacher? Developing a sustainable approach to the professional development of Goldsmiths tutors, teacher training students and teachers through the adoption of an Action Learning methodology to support reflection
  • A practice-based curriculum for reflective learning in Social Work

Contact talic ( for more information.

Conferences, discussion groups and workshops

TaLIC contributes to and runs a number of different conferences, discussion groups and workshops exploring various aspect of Higher Education teaching.

Annual John Beacham Teaching Conference

Mary Claire Halvorson of TaLIC and Prof Tim Crook of Media Communications and Cultural Studies jointly run the Annual John Beacham Teaching Conference.

The conference recognises the former Head of Media and Communications, Prof John Beacham’s influence, mentoring, standard setting and development of teaching quality at Goldsmiths.

It features a series of invited speakers from Goldsmiths and beyond. It takes place in mid September and is open to all Goldsmiths staff and students.

TaLIC Lunchtime Conversations

TaLIC's Lunchtime Conversations are a series of small-group discussions on current issues in teaching and learning at Goldsmiths and in the UK Higher Education in general.

The conversations usually take place in 16 Laurie Grove during the regular academic year. They focus on all different aspects of university pedagogy and include such diverse topics as:

  • Who am I as a teacher?
  • Anxiety - How it impacts on student population and why it seems to be becoming more prevalent
  • Inclusive Face to Face Teaching
  • Bridging the Research Teaching Divide

All conversations for Autumn 2020 will be held online via small or large group webinars. If you are interested in giving a webinar to share your research or teaching with Goldsmiths staff, please contact

TaLIC Workshops

TaLIC are pleased to develop and host workshops on request.

For example, we have provided workshops on ‘An Introduction to’ (Confucius Institute), ‘Assessment and Feedback’ (Politics), and ‘Using WordPress’ (History).

Examples of other possible workshops include:

  • assignments with the new Turnitin integration
  • TurnItIn - effectively interpreting similarity reports and using GradeMark for feedback
  • - beyond the filing cabinet (pages, books, quizzes, the scheduler, databases, forums etc.)

Email talic ( for more information on the John Beacham Conference, TaLIC Lunchtime Conversations or to request a workshop.