Visiting Lecturer Scheme

The highly successful Visiting Lecturer (VL) scheme at the University of Leeds has been established with GPST Doctors for 10 years and is now being expanded to include Internal Medicine Trainees (IMT). This initiative is recognised by Higher Education England.

Successful candidates will work within the Medical School as part of their Study Leave allocation to support teaching across the MBChB course. Visiting Lecturers should have a passion for education and be keen to expand their knowledge and skills in teaching through bespoke training, feedback, and mentoring from experts at the University. The Leeds Institute of Medical Education (LIME) is a vibrant environment for learning and teaching with an international profile of excellence. The Institute holds 6 ASPIRE to excellence awards from the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and benefits from a wealth of experience and a strong track record of scholarship in medical pedagogy.

Hear from a former GP trainee

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What will I do?

Visiting Lecturers will teach a minimum of 5 sessions at the University during the 12-month post. Sessions will include practical skills instructing, small group facilitation, and bedside teaching.

Find further information on the GP Visiting Lecturer teaching sessions, including dates. 

Who should apply?

We expect a highly competitive application process for the scheme recruiting high calibre trainees with a passion for education. The visiting lecturer scheme offers trainees who are excelling in their training an opportunity to be challenged and develop lifelong teaching and learning skills that can be applied straight away at half-day release (HDR) sessions, an experience that we hope will encourage them to continue to be involved in education throughout their clinical practice.

To ensure specialist Internal Medicine trainees have adequate time to commit to the programme, completion of some or all of the MRCP diploma prior to starting the scheme is a desirable, but not essential application criterion.

We hope to attract trainees interested in a career in medical education keen to further their existing knowledge, skills and experience.

GPST applicants must be in their final 12-24 months of training.

What training will I receive?

Visiting Lecturers will receive bespoke training and mentorship from experienced educators within the School of Medicine. Sessions will be focussed on ensuring VLs develop their teaching skills through hands-on practice with peer and expert feedback to improve performance. VLs will receive feedback on their teaching practice over the period of the scheme. Training will include practical skills teaching, small group facilitation, lecturing, online delivery of teaching (hybrid), feedback, and assessment.

Is this a paid position?

There is no direct remuneration for the scheme. The VL programme is a valuable opportunity for formal training in and experience of student education. An honorary University contract entitles Visiting Lecturers to the use of UoL resources including the Library, CPD courses and online journal access.

Will I get a formal qualification from the scheme?

Visiting lecturers will be encouraged to apply for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy during their post, with support from the PRISE scheme at the University of Leeds. VLs will receive certificates to confirm CPD received and formal feedback on their teaching performance which can be used as evidence for their ePortfolio.

How do I apply?

We are currently accepting applications to the IM Scheme only. Complete the following application form by 17:00 on 23rd August

Please submit your applications to Dr Andrew Walker, IMT Lead for Visiting Lecturer Scheme: a.m.n.walker@leeds.ac.uk