Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA4-MA 0922) . Job Reference: 1888046

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

September 28, 2022

Description

Vacancy Type/Job category

Academic

Department

Mathematics

Salary

£23,715 - £27,131 per annum, pro rata

Location

University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Open to internal candidates only.

All Graduate Teaching Assistants are University of Warwick students, mostly postgraduates, employed on a fixed-term basis to support academic staff at the University by performing teaching or teaching related duties in line with academic needs and student requirements. GTA positions provide a development opportunity for postgraduate students to enhance their teaching skills in preparation for more senior teaching posts in future and to achieve professional recognition.

GTAs will be employed at the University for a period of 2 years or until they graduate and will be allocated a minimum of 20 hours of work in any one term per any one academic year through the duration of their contract.

Postgraduate students must ensure that they receive permission from their PhD supervisor prior to accepting a GTA position, as well as understand their visa and funding limitations.

The Maths department is recruiting for a number of FA4 Mathematics Supervisors to support the learning of our first year students. MMath students form an essential and respected part of the undergraduate teaching force in Warwick Mathematics. Our students are of the highest calibre: most have 3 or 4 A's at A-level and STEP. They expect and deserve good teaching. They also need the support and encouragement of people who vividly remember how challenging undergraduate mathematics can be. The Department requires well qualified supervisors in order to provide this level of support and so a familiarity with the subject areas is essential, which must be demonstrated by being in the fourth year MMath student, an MMath graduate or an existing postgraduate (research) student. We will, in exceptional cases, also accept applications from other student if they can demonstrate the necessary background.

Job Description

JOB DESCRIPTION

Supervisors teach first year students who take courses in Foundations, Analysis, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Geometry and Motion (or for joint degree students Mathematical Analysis and Sets and Numbers in place of Analysis and Foundations). Some revision supervisions, or supervisions for students who need extra help, may be arranged at the discretion of the Supervisions Coordinator (currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies). You may be asked to help with Probability A and B by your supervisees, but you would be under no obligation to do so and should concentrate on the core maths modules first. For each group of supervisees we would typically expect up to an additional 3 hours of marking/preparation/administration per group per week, and up to 2 hours of marking/preparation/administration for joint degree students per group per week.

Unless there are particular circumstances which make it not possible, it expected that Graduate Teaching Assistants in the Mathematics department will be willing and able to deliver supervisions both face-to-face and online.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Supervisors meet groups of 5 students, where this may be face to face or online, to answer questions, discuss assignment problems, and stimulate participation and debate. You will typically be asked to mark two or three assignments per student per week. This must be done responsibly and promptly, as in most subjects assessed work is worth 15% of the final mark. At the end of each term you will be expected to complete a student report form on each of your students. On a separate department form to apply for assignments you will be able to specify your preferred number of contact hours per week, and whether you prefer single honours maths students or joint degree students, although it may not be possible to accommodate your wishes in all cases.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

PGR student in the Mathematics department, 4th year or graduated Warwick MMath student or, exceptionally, 4th year student of a maths joint degree (c)

Essential Criteria 2

Sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge of subject to deal with issues or queries raised by students (c)

Essential Criteria 3

Interpersonal and communication skills, notably an ability to explain and communicate problems, ideas and concepts clearly and accessibly to students (c)

Essential Criteria 4

An aptitude for applying teaching methods and techniques, and encouraging student participation in discussions. (c)

Essential Criteria 5

Understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of teaching. (c)

Essential Criteria 6

Unless there are particular circumstances which make it not possible for a given applicant, it is expected that Graduate Teaching Assistants in the Mathematics department will be willing to deliver teaching both face-to-face and online (c)

Further Particulars

Right to work in the UK We wish to advise applicants that this role is not eligible for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa. If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK you will need to check the UK Government website page Apply for a UK visa to see if you are eligible to obtain right to work in the UK through one of the other UK immigration routes before you make your application.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

28 Sep 2022

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