Welcome to the Teaching & Learning Network! 


The Teaching and Learning Network is a community of practice for academics and higher education teachers, where best practice can be recognised, scholarship and research disseminated, and university teaching supported. 

Building on over a decade of work as a PSA Specialist Group, the remit of the Network is:

  • To enable all politics academics/HE teachers to share the good and innovative practices that they have developed, within a community of practice
  • To support the production and dissemination of research and scholarship relating to the teaching and learning of politics
  • To support the PSA in contributing to policy relating to HE matters, including the TEF
  • To support early career academics in developing their practice as university teachers 
  • To support the development of politics students as critical and independent learners, able to contribute to economic, social, and political wellbeing as active citizens.


All academic and ECN PSA members are automatically affiliated to the Network, although we will endeavour to engage as many other categories of membership as possible.

Watch this space for more information and events, including workshops and talks at the PSA Annual Conference in April, and the official launch of the Network at the PSA International Teaching and Learning Conference in June!


Teaching and Learning Events at PSA Annual Conference 2019

15th-17th April, Nottingham


PSA T&L Network events all take place on Tuesday 16th April 2019


Getting Ready for Subject TEF in Politics and IR

When: Tuesday 16th April 2019 from 1.30-3pm

Where: Hooley Room, Newton/Arkwright Building

Chair: Professor John Craig, Co-Chair PSA T&L Network

Speakers: Dr Georgina Blakeley (The Open University), Dr Simon Lightfoot (University of Leeds), Dr Helen Williams (University of Nottingham)

(other panellists tbc - representative from Office for Students invited)

Description: From 2020, all Politics and IR Departments are due to be assessed as part of the new subject level TEF process, with the results (Gold, Silver, Bronze) made available to the public. This session is designed to support colleagues preparing for this challenge. It will include details of the subject TEF pilots, and practical advice on the challenges of interpreting the TEF metrics and putting together a departmental submission.


How to run a simulation with your students: a practical introduction

When: Tuesday 16th April 2019 from 3.15-4.45pm

Where: Hooley Room, Newton/Arkwright Building

Chair: Dr Pete Woodcock, Treasurer PSA T&L Network

Speaker: Dr Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey

Description: Dr Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey) will be running a workshop that explores and explains how you can use simulation games in your teaching. Dealing with issues including how to design your own simulation and maximise the benefits of this pedagogy, the workshop will equip you with all the necessary tools to bring something new to your classroom, as well as giving you an opportunity to try out some examples yourself. The workshop will draw on extensive experience on using and writing about simulations, which have been used with a wide range of student groups.


Contact donna.smith@open.ac.uk for more details

Conference website: /events/psa-annual-international-conference-2019-unsustainable-politics-changing-world



The Teaching and Learning Network Committee 

Dr Donna Smith (Co-chair) 
Open University

Professor John Craig (Co-chair)
Leeds Beckett University

Dr Pete Woodcock (Treasurer)
University of Huddersfield 



The International Political Education Database (IPED)

The International Political Education Database (IPED) is a bibliographic database of journal articles relating to teaching and learning in politics, international relations, public administration and related fields. It aims to raise the profile of existing publications to encourage further research and enhancements to student learning.

We believe that IPED is the world's most comprehensive bibliographic database of teaching and learning resources for politics.