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Teaching tools and resources

We support teaching staff across the College with a range of tools and resources. 


  • We hold an annual learning and teaching conference, to showcase the excellent work of staff who teach and support learning at Birkbeck and to develop innovative practices. 

Assessment and feedback 


  • BETA is open to all Birkbeck staff who teach and support learning. We usually offer two awards, each worth £1500. 
  • The BETA Award formally recognises excellent teaching and is good preparation for applications to the Higher Education Academy's annual National Teaching Fellowship Scheme. The winner must offer a teaching and learning seminar as part of the Centre's seminar programme and submit a report on their project. 
  • How to apply: submit an application of up to 1000 words that includes the following: 
    • an account, with specific examples, of why your teaching, learning and assessment work is innovative 
    • an account, with specific examples, of how you inspire and lead colleagues in terms of teaching, learning and assessment 
    • an account of how your own professional learning informs your practice in teaching, learning and assessment 
    • a signed commitment to provide a recorded seminar on the innovative practice described in this application. 
  • Awards panel: the panel members includes: 
    • the Pro-Vice Master for Education 
    • the Deputy Pro-Vice Master for Education 
    • an Assistant Dean for Learning and Teaching 
    • a Birkbeck National Teaching Fellow (who is not already represented on the panel). 
  • Deadline: TBC. 

Blended learning 

Discipline-based learning 

Higher Education Academy (HEA) 

Inclusive learning and teaching (disabilities) 

Lecture preparation and delivery 



  • Moodle is Birkbeck's Virtual Learning Environment, which provides supplementary learning materials for students to use outside of class. 
  • You can post lecture notes and presentations online, reading lists and reading materials, and videos of lectures (via Panotpto - see below). 
  • Moodle also includes extensive help and tutorials (click the Support button in the top navigation bar). 


Peer mentoring 

Personal Tutoring 


Study skills for students 


  • Fundamentals of Teaching Workshops (non-accredited) 
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning Support (Level 6) 
    • Format: two 30-credit modules (Teaching and Supporting Learning and Integrating Research and Teaching) 
    • For: MPhil/PhD research students who work as associate tutors/teaching assistants and want to develop their skills and obtain a recognised qualification and Associate Membership of the Higher Education Academy 
    • When: 3 sessions per module on Tuesdays between 10am and 3pm. 
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Higher Education (Level 7) 
    • This programme is aimed at new full-time academic staff at Birkbeck who need to gain a teaching qualification as part of their probation requirements. We also welcome external candidates who are teaching in other higher education contexts.
    • Find out more and apply to this course