High standards of training
The Center’s mission is to provide the highest standards in the training of future scientists by developing transferable skills and career opportunities for Center researchers. The Center’s educational activities comprise undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and public outreach that wherever appropriate draw on Center research and the unique opportunities of being a University-based research centre.
The role of Center scientists is to perform cutting-edge research and contribute to educational activities such as undergraduate teaching, extracurricular undergraduate educational activities, postgraduate education and supervision, and public education and engagement.
The scientists at the Center are expected to contribute to the educational effort of the University. As academic research positions may differ with respect to the amount and type of expected teaching as well as the amount of time allocated for research, the amount and nature of educational activities are to be negotiated at the annual performance and development reviews (PDRs). Center scientists’ teaching activities may comprise e.g. classroom teaching at undergraduate courses, supervision of practical lab activities or undergraduate theses, or development of massive open online courses (MOOCs).
Many younger researchers express interest in undergraduate teaching, recognizing the central importance of teaching for their academic careers. Center scientists are strongly encouraged to interact with the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine for teaching opportunities. The Departments guide and advice Center scientists and provide matchmaking with undergraduate teaching opportunities.
The Center uses the University-wide procedures outlined below for engagement in teaching activities, developing teaching competencies, and encouraging reflective development of the teaching portfolio.
Discussion of teaching portfolios in the annual performance and development reviews (PDR) will be a key tool to encourage more Center scientists to participate in undergraduate education (see below).