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Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning


Support for Teaching in 2020-21

Please see the Teaching in 2020-21 pages for advice and support, including guidance on conducting supervisions online.



Undergraduate Supervision: An Introduction

Formerly "Effective Undergraduate Supervision"

This courses prepares you to supervise undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge. It explores the challenges and approaches involved in supervising undergraduates as well as providing practical advice and strategies. The training provided in this course complements any training you may receive from your Department or COllege and is required by Colleges before you can carry out supervisions.

The Senior Tutors’ Committee and the General Board’s Education Committee expect all postgraduate students who will supervise undergraduate students to engage in appropriate training. Postgraduate students can attend a live session either with their Department, or centrally with the CCTL. Both routes are supported by a complementary online course: see below.

It is mandatory for postgraduate students to complete both a live session and the accompanying online module.


Live workshop provided by CCTL

This workshop is run throughout the year for supervisors in related subject groupings.

Book for Sciences, Technology and Mathematics

Book for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Please note: we publish workshop dates for this course at intervals throughout the year, in response to demand. If you have questions about scheduling for this course, please contact


Complementary online module

Access the online module

You will be asked to complete some sections of this module before attending the workshop, and there are then further sections to complete afterwards, covering topics such as "The First Supervision", "Reporting" and "Development & Support".


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