SALT: Supporting Assessment, Learning and Teaching

The SALT workshop is a professional development opportunity for PhD students who, currently, have little or no experience of teaching or supporting learning. This includes PhD students, Doctoral Teaching Assistants (TDAs) and Teaching & Research Assistants (TARAs). The blended workshop will introduce you to activities such as: developing interactive learning activities that enhance student engagement; articulating clear Learning Outcomes and design constructive alignment; engaging in marking and providing effective feedback.

"This is the best course I have been on for postgraduate researchers" (Participant, 2019/20)

"I have to say it was the most enjoyable and interactive session I have ever been to without ever once having to look at the clock" (Participant 2019/20)

"The whole course is well structured and focused. I have learned a lot today about how to improve my teaching skills. I would do it again" (Participant 2019/20)


Eligibility: Doctoral students, newly appointed postgraduates that teach (including DTAs and TARAs). Applicants must be fluent English speakers and ready to engage in class activities and discussions.

Timetable and delivery: The SALT workshop is equivalent to a full day course. It will be delivered in a blended format. It means participants will engage in asynchronous, online preparatory activities prior to attending a 3-hour, face-to-face session. Participants must be able to attend and engage with all learning sessions, and (prep-) activities. In total the course will involve approximately 7 hours of preparatory activities and face-to-face learning.


Accreditation: SALT is not accredited or assessed. It is designed as a workshop for beginners, with the aim of enabling participants to build a 'toolkit' to help support assessment, learning and teaching activities.

Costs: the SALT workshop is free to doctoral students and staff who are employed by the University of Plymouth. The cost for external participants is £100, payable a week in advance of the workshop. Priority places will be given to internal candidates, but applications from external colleagues in higher education are welcome and will be accommodated where possible.

SALT workshop dates

To book a place on one of the SALT workshops, select the relevant date below and complete the associated Microsoft application form. Please note that all preparatory activities must be completed prior to the face-to-face half day session, which will take place on the following dates:

Please note that places are limited.