Why does teaching matter?

Teaching Matters is the University of Edinburgh’s website, blog and podcast for debate about learning and teaching, for sharing ideas and approaches to teaching, and for showcasing our successes, including academic colleagues who are leading the way in delivering brilliant teaching.

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Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

The Teaching Matters blog was borne from a strong feeling that, as a University, we have historically not being doing enough to show publicly and overtly how important teaching is to us. Established in January 2016, the blog has steadily built up a community of interest, support and practice around teaching and learning at the University.

By their very nature, the blog posts are short (500-700 words) and informal in tone, with the aim of being accessible to a large audience. Whilst the posts look inwards to specifically showcase University of Edinburgh teaching practice, our readership is increasingly vibrant and international, inspiring innovative practice not only within the University, but also at a global level.

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Credit: Mihaela Bodlovic

Publishing Schedule

  • Themed blog posts: Each month, Teaching Matters posts are centred around a broad theme, which is aligned to the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy. Themed posts are published twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Video blog posts (vlogs) are also encouraged.
  • Mini-series blog posts: These mini-series run over two to three months, and invite conversations around current University initiatives or hot topics. Co-editors are invited to curate the mini-series and they are responsible for sourcing the content, soliciting contributors and choosing the topics for two Teaching Matters podcasts. A blog post is published every Wednesday during the mini-series, and the podcasts are released in the final month of the mini-series.
  • Spotlight on… series: This series focuses on documenting outcomes from long-term projects or initiatives, which are unfolding across the University, for example Spotlight on Joint Degrees, Spotlight on ELIR, and Spotlight on Learn Foundation. Posts related to these series are published ad hoc throughout the year.

Student Authors

Teaching Matters is focusing on growing a student author base, and are keen to feature posts co/authored by students. There is blog writing and video support/training available for students interested in blogging for Teaching Matters.


If you are interested in contributing, or have suggestions for possible mini-series or future themed topics, please do get in touch at teachingmatters@ed.ac.uk.

Many thanks and happy reading!

Dr Joseph Arton (Teaching Matters Editor), Josephine Foucher (Teaching Matters Deputy Editor and Student Engagement Officer), and Sarah Thomas (Teaching Matters Communications Officer).

With thanks to Melanie Grandidge for her icon artwork design.