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.

View the Sem 2 2020 GTA Program Schedule (PDF, 219.2 KB)


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 six modules supported by two 3-hour face-to-face sessions. In Semester 2, 2020, the program will primarily be conducted online and will focus on teaching in online, blended and face-to-face environments. On-campus workshop offerings will be held if possible.

View the Semester 2 2020 GTA Program Schedule (PDF, 219.2 KB)

The program is generally offered twice a year (once per semester) and capped at 60 participants.

Participants in the GTA program are expected to:

  • attend the workshops hosted by the teaching team,
  • complete the 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.

At the conclusion of the workshop series, you will be invited to submit an application to gain the Associate Fellowship of HEA recognition. To be invited to submit, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. attend a minimum of four of the six classes,
  2. submit 70% of the activities, and
  3. complete the Peer Observation Task.

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 Sem 2 2020 GTA program are now closed. Contact to express your interest in future programs.

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.

* Requesting a Recommendation in the Online Form

In addition to completing the form and written statement tasks in the GTA Program Expression of Interest online form, You are required to demonstrate that you have the support of your course coordinator (i.e. the coordinator of the course that you are teaching in to) and a Mentor to be eligible to participate the in the program. 

The system will prompt you to enter their details to 'Request a Recommendation'. We recommend that you have a conversation with the Course Coordinator and Mentor before you send the request, so they can be aware that this is coming.

The course coordinator is required to confirm their permission for your participation, as some of the program activities will come to affect the way that you teach into the course. The Recommendation that we ask for here is a short declaration to sight and accept to confirm your eligibility to participate in the program. 

This also applies to your mentor. Their declaration is slightly different and asks them to indicate that they will help you with three activities.

You may like to use the below text to request these recommendations, updating the details as :

Hi <Course Coordinator/Mentor>,

I am applying to participate in the GTA Program in Semester <X>. 

To be eligible, I need to demonstrate that I have your support as <Course Coordinator> <Mentor> for the duration of the program. 

Can you please complete this short online form? 

The system will ask you to create an account but if you have any questions or difficulties with the system, you can email for support.

Thank you!

<Your Name>

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

Do I need a mentor in the program?
Yes. Your mentor should be a faculty-based HEA Fellow who will work with you to help you critically review and evaluate your learning and teaching practice against the standards and criteria for professional recognition and help you select relevant examples of evidence for your application.

If you would like to approach a HEA Fellow who has previously completed the GTA program, please contact for further advice.

Why does my course coordinator need to certify my application?
Your application is required to demonstrate that you have the support of your course coordinator (i.e. the coordinator of the course that you are teaching in to). They are required to confirm their permission for your participation, as some of the program activities will come to affect the way that you teach into the course.

Is there any flexibility in the number of teaching contact hours I am required to have to participate in the program?
In order to confidently complete the series of activities associated with the GTA program, we find that a minimum of 25 hours of teaching over the course of the semester is required. If your appointment is for less than this or your teaching will occur only over a two week period, at one point in the semester, you may have difficulty completing the components of the program. We would encourage you to consider taking this program at another time.