Postgraduate Training & Mentorship Seminar

Shabnam Beheshti

Autumn 2015 | First Weeks | Marking Strategies | Assessing Student Writing | Peer Observations | Technology in the Classroom | Feedback

Spring 2016 | Academic Portfolio | Public Engagement | Working Session | Writing Applications | Faculty Panel | Feedback

Useful Information | Thesis Template | AWM membership | Extra Funding


Guided by the philosophy that postgraduates can and should be prepared for the large variety of responsibilities they will encounter at the next stage of their careers, academic and otherwise, this seminar will involve both TA training and professional mentorship. Main areas of emphasis include soft-skills training specific to the effective and clear communication of mathematics and mathematical concepts, as well as learning to balance high-quality teaching with excellent research.

Sessions are intended to provide mentorship and interaction with staff and colleagues outside of an immediate research group, building important secondary relationships within the School. They will be planned with the flexibility to prioritize activities based on the needs, interests, and input of you, the graduate students! Our activities are meant to be dovetailed with the existing training in place at QMUL, including the 1st-year induction, PGR Teaching Support Day and available CAPD courses.

The two-semester plan: In the first semester, we will focus on TA Training and best practices in the classroom. This will help you develop a meaningful Teaching Statements for your postdoc/academic job applications. In the second semester, we will address other issues surrounding life as a mathematics Ph.D., including formation of a "complete" academic portfolio.

Over the course of this year, I will be compiling resources with commentary for your use (suggested reading on effective teaching of mathematics, websites to look for postdocs and academic jobs, LaTeX templates for your CVs, outreach opportunities, etc.) and making them available online. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have something you wish to add to the list or if you would like to see a particular topic included.

Your teaching support network: Here is a more detailed, pdf version of the above welcome, along with an approximate timetable of our Autumn 2015 meetings.

Autumn 2015

The First Weeks

16:00-17:00 in Maths 203, 28 Sep 2015

Marking Strategies & Study Skills

14:00-15:00 in Maths 203, 21 Oct 2015

Assessing Student Writing

14:00-15:00 in Maths 203, 04 Nov 2015

Peer Observations

14:00-15:00 in Maths 203, 25 Nov 2015

Technology in the Classroom

14:00-15:00 in Maths 203, 09 Dec 2015


Spring 2016

The Academic Job Portfolio

14:00-15:00 in Bancroft G.07, 20 Jan 2016

Public Engagement and Outreach in Research & Teaching

14:00-15:00 in Bancroft G.07, 03 Feb 2016

Working Session: CVs, Applications, Research Statements, etc.

14:00-15:00 in Bancroft G.07, 17 Feb 2016

Writing Abstracts, Publications, Research Statements, Grants

14:00-15:00 in Bancroft G.07, 02 Mar 2016

Faculty-Postdoc Panel: Things I wish I knew at stage X of my career

14:00-15:00 in Bancroft G.07, 16 Mar 2016

QUIPS + PGR Seminar End-of-Year Lunch!

13:00-14:00 in Maths Foyer, 30 Mar 2016


Useful Information

Thesis Template

AWM Membership

Additional Funding

Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm this year! --SB