LSE Principles of Teaching in Higher Education (TC501)

The LSE Principles of Teaching in Higher Education (PoTHE) programme aims to develop participants’ confidence in designing and delivering class and seminar teaching and providing feedback on student work. 

The programme is accredited by the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA), which is part of AdvanceHE and offers national and international recognition for the award. Upon successful completion, PoTHE participants are eligible for Associate Fellowship of the HEA (AFHEA). 

Programme participants will complete the module ‘Teaching in our disciplines’ which covers the following topics: 

  • planning your teaching year and introduction to small group teaching
  • teaching in the social sciences 
  • inclusive education 
  • evaluating your teaching and students' learning 
  • feedback for learning 
  • teaching quantitative subjects at LSE 
  • towards diversifying and decolonising of the curriculum 


The PoTHE programme is aimed at early career teachers in higher education and is available to colleagues based at LSE who have a substantive role in teaching and supporting student learning. For example, you may be a GTA or guest teacher or you may have a student-facing role in another area of the School such as the Library.

This is a practice-based programme, so you need to be teaching (or delivering training) at least 20 hours across the year in a context in which you can be observed – once by a member of the Eden Centre and once by a peer. The observations can occur either in Michaelmas or Lent terms.

The programme is built around the following:

  • attendance at a series of workshops (totalling 16 hours)
  • assignments exploring participants’ teaching and disciplinary practices
  • two teaching observations.

Programme briefings and registration


If you think that you might like to participate in the PoTHE programme then we encourage you to come along to one of our programme briefings, which will be held on campus. Briefings in 2023 were held on: 

  • Wednesday 20 September (1-2pm) 
  • Friday 22 September (10–11am)

At the briefing you will meet the programme team and they will talk through the programme structure and requirements and you will also have the opportunity to discuss any questions that you might have. 


There are 2 steps to register on the PoTHE programme:  

The deadline for submitting your registration form was 2 October 2023..

  • Step 2: Confirming your registration and completing your opening year statement (OYS)  

Once we have received your registration form, we will get in touch with details of how to enrol on the Moodle site, download your reflective practice journal and complete your opening year statement.  

The deadline for the completion of the OYS was Monday 9 October 2023.   

If you have any queries please email either Dr Jenni Carr ( Programme Director or Chris Doughty ( Programme Administrator.