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Teaching students at the University of Cambridge

Finding opportunities to teach undergraduates at the University typically requires you to be proactive and make approaches to those responsible for teaching in departments and Colleges.

Bear in mind that you may be able to contribute to teaching in departments beyond your own where there are related topics – you can find the full timetable of lectures in all subjects here.

Undergraduates at Cambridge are taught in two ways:

  • Lectures – these are organised in departments, contact your department’s teaching office or the academic responsible for teaching in your department to ask about opportunities to deliver lectures. 
  • Supervisions (teaching groups of 2-6 students) – these are primarily organised by Colleges, contact Directors of Studies in Colleges or lecturers in your department to ask about opportunities to run supervisions. 

More information about getting involved with teaching at Cambridge can be found on the PdOC website.


Other teaching opportunities/resources


Institute of Continuing Education

The Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) runs courses for those working towards a degree, mid-career professionals, international students, and lifelong and later life learners.

ICE courses are taught by a panel of tutors, including Cambridge academics, academics from other universities, and professional experts.

They are keen to hear from postdocs interested in joining the tutor panels for their courses – email the ICE Academic Director in your discipline area if you are interested in getting involved.

Bioinformatics Training Facility

The Bioinformatics Training Facility of the School of Biological Sciences offers a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate hands-on training courses, focused on bioinformatics and computational biology.

These training activities aim at enabling life scientists to effectively handle and interpret biological data.

You can browse their timetable here to see what courses are currently being offered.

These are mainly taught by researchers from the University of Cambridge, with contributions from collaborators from bioinformatics institutes in Cambridge and further afield.

The Facility is always looking for postdocs who are working in bioinformatics and are interested in developing training skills.

Interested postdocs can join their existing pool of trainers, and contribute to delivering existing courses, as well as propose new courses, based on their interests. 

Please contact the Head of Bioinformatics Training, Dr Gabriella Rustici, for more information.

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is seeking postdocs for teaching opportunities on the global sustainability challenges facing business (including finance), society and the built environment.

The opportunities are primarily for supervising and tutoring on part-time postgraduate courses for mid-career professionals.

Individuals should have some experience of working in or with business, or with the built environment, and will be able to articulate the systemic nature of the sustainability challenges that we face. 

The Institute is seeking to enlarge its pool of supervisors for the MSt in Sustainability Leadership for both Business and the Built Environment, and would be pleased to hear from you if your research is of relevance (or transferable) to some aspect of the sustainability agenda.

In addition, the Institute is seeking tutors to lead students through the shorter assignments on the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Business and the MSt Sustainability Leadership. 

Please email and attach a CV if you would like to discuss upcoming opportunities at the Institute.

Teaching training and support

The Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning (CCTL) supports staff who teach at the University by providing training, developing networks, and funding innovation.

CCTL provides short training courses and guidance related to teaching.

They also offer more intensive teaching development/accreditation programmes, including:

  • a new Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • the Teaching Associates’ Programme
  • a development course for newly appointed Lecturers.