The Graduate Teaching Associates (GTA) program is designed to foster the next generation of great teachers.

The program provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills to build a successful teaching career in higher education.

The program runs in Semester 1 between March and July, and in Semester 2 between August and December.

Applications are now closed. The next program will run in Semester 1, 2020. In the meantime, join our mailing list by submitting an enquiry.


The program will develop understanding and skills regarding:

  • developing a Teaching Philosophy
  • lesson planning
  • motivating and engaging with students
  • managing group dynamics
  • giving and receiving feedback
  • assessment, marking and moderation
  • face-to-face teaching and active teaching strategies
  • eLearning and technological aids
  • case-based and problem-based learning
  • UQ policies regarding teaching and learning
  • engaging in peer review and educational evaluation.

The GTA program is a free initiative made up of four compulsory face-to-face workshops and four online modules across a semester.

Participation in these, including submission of assessment by the set deadline and development of the required portfolio, is necessary to graduate and receive Associate Fellowship of HEA.

It is open twice a year (once per semester) and capped at 50 participants per semester.

Participants in the GTA program are expected to:

  • Attend four workshops hosted by the teaching team.
  • Complete four online modules, along with relevant quizzes and practical implementation activities.
  • Observe and reflect upon three teaching sessions delivered by academics.
  • Attend professional development activities delivered to academics in the faculty.
  • Receive mentoring.
  • Commit to developing a final portfolio.

Participants must commit to spend, at minimum, two hours per week engaging in components of the program.

Benefits for tutors

  • Development of knowledge and skills to advance in their future teaching careers.
  • Award of a Graduate Teaching Associates Certificate and updating of MyAurion profile.
  • Development of a portfolio to evidence teaching experience.
  • Recognition as an Associate Fellow of HEA (Higher Education Academy).

Benefits for lecturers

  • Provision of high-quality, high-impact teaching relief for teaching and research academics.
  • Support with the increasing student cohort size.
  • Response to the need for succession planning and the 'future community of the discipline'.
  • Extra resources to help with integration of knowledge and use of new technologies.

Applications for the GTA program are now closed.

Please be aware that GTA Program applicants should meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have a teaching position with a minimum of 25 contact hours confirmed for the relevant semester
  • Have previously completed a formal program of tutor training such as Tutors@UQ or an equivalent faculty or school-based tutor training program at UQ or elsewhere
  • Have completed a minimum of 25 hours teaching practice at UQ or elsewhere
  • Have access to a teaching and learning academic who can be their mentor
  • Have obtained the course coordinator’s permission to participate in the GTA program
  • Have the time to complete the program (e.g. no long overseas absences; not writing up their thesis in case of PhD students)
  • Be a university graduate with a desire to teach in higher education.

If you do not meet these criteria, your application may not be approved.

If you have any questions regarding your suitability, please contact to discuss your options.

Applicants who need 1:1 support may drop in to any of our upcoming sessions.

Join the GTA program

Applications are now closed. The next program will run in Semester 1, 2020. In the meantime, join our mailing list by submitting an enquiry below.

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