To provide PhD students with the opportunity to take up voluntary teaching in their respective departments within the module-based framework of the schools. This would be separate from the PGCertTHE, in that it would not necessitate specific requirements in terms of duration and/or frequency of student contact. Instead, it would offer a form of recognition to students who are eager to gain teaching experience during their PhD, but are unable to do so due to the multiple constraints placed on the options available.
This would specifically apply to the schools or units thereof that do not incorporate the GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistantship) system into the PhD experience.
There is significant disparity across departments with regards to the PhD experience offered. Those of us who seek teaching experience as an inclusive and important element of our degree should be able to access it at least to a certain extent. Currently, some of us are being told that teaching is not available due to funding issues, but also that volunteering cannot be accepted due to University regulations. We have been denied the PGCertTHE programme for this very reason, despite it being available to some other PhD students. This is why rather than simply discussing the problem, we are suggesting this idea as a potential solution - a training module for teaching. This would enable interested students to take on teaching activities and avail recognition from their respective Schools to help develop their skills for their future in academia.
This would be the first step towards reducing, if not removing the discrepancy in skill development across departments for PhD students. We would request the UBC to take this idea and this matter under serious consideration, since this is about achieving equality in the student experience offered by the University.