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Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


Guidance for Supervisors and Directors of Studies

For supervisors of undergraduate students

Supervision and direction of studies are essential and distinctive features of undergraduate education at Cambridge. The Senior Tutors’ Committee has produced Guidance for Supervisors, with information about training and development opportunities. In addition, you may find it useful to view the Cambridge Students pages about the Role of College Teaching, which outlines what students can expect from their DoS and supervisor. The University's Personal and Professional Development (PPD) team also runs a series of training courses that you may find helpful; visit our Training and Guidance pages to learn more.

The Senior Tutors’ Committee and General Board’s Education Committee require that all graduate students new to supervising undergraduates undertake appropriate training. The University offers a blended learning programme on Effective Undergraduate Supervision which all graduate students must complete before they may supervise; note that Colleges will not authorise a CamCORS account until appropriate training has been undertaken.

For supervisors of graduate students

Staff supervising graduate research students should ensure they are familiar with the University's Code of Practice for Graduate Research Degrees. This document outlines the expectations and responsibilities of supervisors, students, and Degree Committees. In addition, the University also offers short, lunchtime workshops aimed at supporting new research degree supervisors; visit our Training and Guidance pages to learn more.


Guidance for Lecturers

All lecturers are encouraged to engage in peer observation of lecturing, which provides an opportunity for collaboration and discussion of teaching practice.

New University Teaching Officers serving probationary periods should register with the University’s Pathways in Higher Education Practice (PHEP), which provides an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of working in Cambridge, on key professional aspects and career goals.


Mentoring Schemes

The University offers mentoring to new members of staff in the early stages of their teaching careers. Normally you will be offered a mentor during your induction period, but for more information on the process, and how your mentor is assigned, visit the Human Resources mentoring pages.