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TAP is designed for Cambridge researchers (postdoctoral researchers and PhD students after the first year of doctoral study) who teach Cambridge students.  The programme includes assignments which enable participants to explore different aspects of their own teaching practice, as well as to learn from other participants, TAP tutors, and through introductions to academic literature on teaching and learning in higher education.  Consequently, if you are interested in applying for TAP, you must have:

  • at least 20 hours’ experience of teaching in higher education before the Teaching Associates’ Programme begins and at least 40 hours’ experience of teaching in higher education in total by the end of the programme
  • sufficient teaching commitments in Cambridge during the programme to enable you to undertake teaching observations and a teaching-related assignment
  • motivation and time to undertake  some independent study, including guided reading, preparation of assignments and practical exercises, including teaching observations and student feedback exercises
  • a reasonable expectation that you will be able to attend all the compulsory elements of the programme (see course description).

Applications for TAP 2017-18 will be open between Thursday 1 June and Friday 8 September 2017.

The application process will be managed on a Moodle module which you can access from this page. The Moodle module holds all the information you need to know to decide if TAP is the right programme for you and allow you to submit your completed application form.

After 1 June 2017, to begin your application please use the enrolment key "TAP17" on the TAP Applications 17 page.

Completed applications must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 8 September 2017.

Successful applicants will contacted by 29 September 2017.


If you have questions about the Teaching Associates’ Programme, please check the ‘frequently asked questions’ on this website.  If you still have questions after you have done so, please contact the course director, Dr Meg Tait.



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