Teaching Blog

As a condition of their funding, or as a means to support themselves financially through their studies, the majority of BISA PGN members will teach at some point during the course of their PhDs.

The recent introduction of the Teaching Excellence Framework and the shifting terrain of early career research employment has meant, arguably, that teaching has never been more important to our members.

Recognising this, the following ten-part blog series has been commissioned by the BISA PGN to provide an accessible resource for our members to share innovative and best teaching practices.

They have been written for postgraduates by postgraduates in a way intended, if you so wish, to replicate their teaching practice.

These pieces, commissioned and edited by BISA PGN Chair Tom Watts and BISA PGN Communications Officer Camille Merlen, will be published on the BISA PGN website as part of a weekly series dedicated to these goals beginning in December 2017.

Topics which will be covered include:

  1. Coping in the hyperindustrial university;
  2. Why everyone should teach;
  3. Tools for seminar teaching;
  4. The pros and cons of seminar participation marks;
  5. The role critical reflection can play in your seminar teaching.

This blog series is also intended to raise awareness of the BISA Postgraduate Excellence in Teaching International Studies Prize.

The aim of the award is to recognise postgraduate students who have contributed to the positive learning experience of students in International Studies, to raise the profile of learning and teaching activity in International Studies, and to contribute to the dissemination of best practice in teaching and learning among BISA members. More information on the prize can be found here.

We are immensely grateful for all those who took time out of their busy schedules to write for this series and we hope that you find them as informative as we did.

With thanks,

The 2017/2018 BISA PGN Committee