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Effective Undergraduate Supervision (for graduate students)

The Senior Tutors’ Committee and the General Board’s Education Committee expect all graduate students who will supervise undergraduate students to engage in appropriate training. Graduate students can attend a face-to-face 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 graduate students to complete both a face-to-face session and the appropriate accompanying online module.


Blended workshop provided by the CCTL

The CCTL Effective Undergraduate Supervision course is supported by an online module. The online course introduces the purpose of undergraduate supervison at Cambridge, and covers the practicalities of preparing to supervise, reporting and payment. In the workshop, we explore how to approach common supervision scenarios and how to provide effective feedback.

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

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Book for Physical Sciences and Technology

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


Online module complementing Departmental teaching

Students in Departments where face-to-face teaching is provided do not need to attend a CCTL workshop as well, but must complete the online module below alongside the Departmental session.

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Latest news

New resources on 'teaching remotely' released

2 April 2020

CCTL have created a new section on our website: ' Teaching Remotely '. Our first new guide found there is ‘ Moving Supervisions Online ’. This introductory guide addresses planning for and conducting online supervisions, including practical considerations about devices, platforms and tools, as well as structuring online...

Teaching Forum 2020: Withdrawn

25 March 2020

It is with regret that the Teaching Forum planned for 14 April has been withdrawn. We very much hope that colleagues who had registered (and others) will be able to join us at the Teaching Forum in 2021. In the meantime, CCTL are working with colleagues across the collegiate University to support staff in moving to online...