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Tutor Training

New to tutoring: Tutors@UQ

As part of our ongoing commitment to improving the quality of teaching and learning, the Faculty runs the Tutors@UQ program  in Orientation week of both semester 1 and semester 2.   All new tutors are expected to attend. Tutors will be paid for 4 hours of training time in total and lunch will be provided between sessions 1 and 2. Tutors will claim payment through their school. Schools may then seek reimbursement from the faculty.

The Tutors@UQ program was developed by the University after consultation with tutors, staff and students in 2009/10. Each tutor will be given a ‘learner Guide’ to assist them and serve as a reference point during their tutoring career at UQ. The program for the workshop includes:
Session 1 (10:00am to 12:00pm)                    (1) Expectations of tutors at UQ
                                                                        (2) Principles of student learning
                                                                        (3) Strategies for designing and managing tutorials/classes/labs for learning
Session 2 (1:00pm to 3:00pm)                       (1) Managing difficult situations
                                                                        (2) Assessment and feedback
                                                                        (3) Evaluating your tutoring


Tutors@UQ: Materials for facilitators, faculties and schools

The materials for Tutors@UQ are available here for our UQ facilitators. Follow the link for access to the student handouts, presentation slides and the comprehensive facilitator's guide.

 For further details, please contact your school tutor coordinators or  the Faculty Teaching and Learning Support Officer, Robyn Evans, on


Existing Tutors: Graduate Teaching Assistant Program

EAIT Faculty runs an advanced tutor training program for postgrads and postdocs who are interested in furthering their teaching skills –the Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) Program
Tutors from the Faculty of Science are invited to participate.  Participants are required to find a suitable academic mentor, preferably the course coordinator for the course in which they are tutoring. Tutors receive a certificate at the completion of the program.  
Expressions of interest close each year in early February.  The course, which consists of online modules as well as face to face workshops, runs across 6 months, commencing in March. Contact for further details.

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education commences each year in February. Apply to the School of Education before the end of January. Eligible staff should apply for funding as soon as possible.

The School of Education continues to run a successful professional development program for university teachers. In a recent review, over 90% of graduates who responded to a survey indicated they would recommend the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education to others. The program has strong reach across UQ Faculties and Schools, appointment levels (A to E), types of academic appointment (RO, T&R and TF), and age bands.

The program consists of four 2-unit courses, which we recommend are taken part-time over two years. The program includes study modules on student learning, teaching methods, course design, eLearning, student assessment, and evaluation of teaching and courses. Participants conduct a teaching innovation designed to enhance their own teaching or course. Many graduates of the program have presented conference papers and published journal articles based on these teaching innovations. Others have subsequently won teaching awards and grants, as well as becoming leaders in curriculum and assessment change in their Schools and Centres, and within the University.

 Availability of funding for the GCHEd may vary each year and not all applications may be successful, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. From 2015 onwards, the faculty and Schools will provide funding support for up to 2 applicants/year/school. Please contact your School T&L Chair.

For Australian PhD students enrolled at UQ, approval from the Graduate School is needed at the time of applying for admission to the program. A HECS-HELP fee is applicable for these students.

Additional details can be found at:

For enquiries about the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, please consult the FAQs and Program Guide on the website above, then direct remaining enquiries to the School of Education enquiries desk (phone: 3365 6550; email:

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