Workshop dates

Workshop 2 - Lecturing Skills

  • 1st November 2023 13:00-17:00 (Cancelled)
  • 13th December 2023 13:00-17:00 (Cancelled)
  • 6th March 2024 13:00-17:00 (Full)
  • 1st May 2024 13:00-17:00 (Full)
  • 22nd May 2024 13:00-17:00

Workshop 4 – Designing for Learning

  • 13th December 2023 14:00-16:00 (Cancelled)
  • 17th April 2024 13:00-15:00 
  • 17th April 2024 15:00-17:00
  • 29th May 2024 13:00-15:00 
  • 29th May 2024 15:00-17:00 (Full)
  • 12th June 2024 13:00-15:00 (Full)
  • 12th June 2024 15:00-17:00 (Cancelled)

To book a place, please email the LTDP Coordinator

Educational Development Unit (EDU)

The FoNS Learning and Teaching Development Programme (LTDP) constitutes the training for all new lecturing staff within the Faculty of Natural Sciences and must be completed as a prerequisite for both probation and promotion - unless the member of staff is registered to complete the PG Cert in University Learning and Teaching via the EDU

It is expected that the LTDP will normally be completed within 1-2 years of appointment and must be finished within the period of probation.

The starting point for the programme is a meeting with the appropriate Director of Undergradute Studies, or equivalent, (which constitutes FoNS Workshop 1 - see Compulsory FoNS Workshops section below) who will assign an Academic Mentor (a senior member of the Department) and a Teaching Buddy (for example, an experienced colleague; this should not be someone still completing the LTDP). These individuals should be asked to undertake observations of your teaching sessions. The DUGS will also talk through and approve any exemptions, discuss options around the elective elements of the programme of workshops listed below, explain how to register for them and agree a timeline for the programme. They will complete and approve the FoNS LTDP Exemption Form - November 2023, which must then be sent to the LTDP Coordinator.

If you wish to complete the Learning and Teaching Development Refresher Programme, you can find more information and book yourself onto the programme via the webpage

Compulsory FoNS Workshops

You must complete these workshops in order:

1. FoNS LTDP Workshop 1 - Departmental Teaching Practices

Arrange with your Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS), or equivalent. For more information - FoNS LTDP Workshop 1 - Departmental Teaching Practices (PDF)

2. FoNS LTDP Workshop 2 - Lecturing Skills

Workshop with member of staff in the Faculty. For more information - FoNS LTDP Workshop 2 - Lecturing Skills (PDF)

3. FoNS LTDP Workshop 3 - Learning Technologies for Teaching

Completed online - you will be contacted about this after workshop 2. For more information - FoNS LTDP Workshop 3 Summary - September 2023

4. FoNS LTDP Workshop 4 - Designing for Learning

Workshop with FoNS Vice-Dean (Education). For more information - FoNS LTDP Workshop 4 - Designing for Learning (PDF)

To book Workshops 2 or 4, please email the LTDP Coordinator.

Compulsory EDU workshops

You must complete 3 compulsory workshops delivered by the Educational Development Unit (EDU).

We also strongly recommend that participants complete the following EDU workshop, in preparation for the final element of the LTDP - the HEA Application:

See also the EDU's advice for New Lecturers.

Elective EDU workshops

You must complete at least 3 Elective Workshops delivered by the EDU.

Please note that not all EDU Workshops are acceptable for the LTDP. Workshops selected must relate directly to your teaching practice. If in doubt, please contact the LTDP Coordinator

Once completed, please email details of your elective workshops to the LTDP Coordinator.

Teaching Observations

Three observed sessions of your teaching should be monitored by the Academic Mentor and/or the Teaching Buddy.

The Observation Form can be downloaded here: FoNS LTDP Teaching Observation Form

Once completed, please email a copy of the form to your DUGS (or equivalent) cc'ing your observers and the LTDP Coordinator.

Advance HE Fellowship Recognition

The final component of the LTDP is the completion of the Advance HE Fellowship Recognition application (at the level of Fellow, D2), information on which can be found on the EDU webpages here

You are strongly advised to attend a STAR Pre-submission Workshop. This will help you to assess whether your application is ready to be submitted for review. 

Once finalised, the application form should be submitted via the Imperial STAR Framework webpage

To complete the LTDP requirements:

For those who commenced the LTDP prior to 01 September 2023, you will need to send a copy of the application and the submission confirmation email from STAR to the LTDP Administrator for your LTDP records. 

For those who commenced the LTDP after 01 September 2023, you will need to send a copy of the application plus confirmation of the award of fellowship to the LTDP Administrator for your LTDP records. 

If you have questions please contact the LTDP Coordinator, or for Advance HE Fellowship queries, contact the EDU STAR team.