Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA4PS1121Post19) . Job Reference: 1880991

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

December 1, 2021


Vacancy Type/Job category





£22,847- £26,341 per annum, pro rata


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 Department of Psychology is currently recruiting for a number of Graduate Assistant Posts to assist in the teaching of modules at Undergraduate level.

Psychology has a growing and diverse student population and was ranked 1st amongst Russell Group Universities in the National Student Survey (NSS): for staff being good at explaining things; providing timely feedback; and running well organised courses, by our final year Psychology students.

The Department currently holds a Bronze TEF Award and are working towards the Silver benchmark.

We are looking for new postgraduates who are want experience to enhance their teaching skills in preparation for more senior teaching posts in the future. Your contract would offer you a minimum of 20 hours/term for a period of 2 years or until you graduate.

This advert relates to teaching for 2022 for PS210: Language & Cognition.

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Please indicate in your covering letter if you have knowledge and experience related to PS210:Language & Cognition

Job Description


This is a demonstrator post in term 2 supporting seminar sessions for students.

The post will cover 4 x 1 hour sessions for 2 weeks in the second half of term 2 – weeks tbc).

The sessions are expected to be on Fridays (9:00, 10:00, 12:00 & 13:00) (8 hours contact time plus c 7 hours preparation plus 5 hours training).

The demonstrator's role is to aid the module convenor to deliver a high quality teaching experience to a cohort of second year undergraduate students.

The post holder will need to become familiar with module content and to provide and support students in the work, providing in session feedback and guidance.

There will be opportunities to develop teaching skills needed for more senior teaching posts.


Duties and responsibilities will be outlined by the module convenor, but as an indication will include all or some of the following:

Preparation to become familiar with module content, and meeting with the module to convener to discuss materials.

Facilitating discussion groups with students.

Responding to student queries and enquiries.

Course administration- undertake duties including but not limited to maintaining attendance records.

Research and Scholarship Ability to reflect on practice and development of own teaching and learning skills

Please note it is expected that all GTAs undertake the necessary GDPR training.

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

A relevant undergraduate (2:1 or 1st) or Master's (merit or distinction) qualification in Psychology or a related subject or overseas equivalent (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Currently registered for postgraduate study in Psychology, or in a related subject at the University of Warwick (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Ability to support the learning of small groups of students on modules in Psychology (c)

Essential Criteria 4

Excellent communication skills (verbal and written); good command of written and spoken English (a)

Essential Criteria 5

Permission from your supervisor before accepting a GTA position (a)

Essential Criteria 6

Understanding of any work limitations imposed by your visa or funder (a)

Essential Criteria 7

Experience in, or be able to demonstrate a commitment to working with diverse student populations. (a)

Essential Criteria 8

An understanding of issues related to confidentiality and wellbeing (a)

Essential Criteria 9

Completion of (or willingness to complete) Preparing to Teach in HE course. (a)

Essential Criteria 10

Understanding of cognitive processes of human language. (a)

Desirable Criteria 1

Knowledge and experience of UK university teaching (a)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience in or willingness to learn about marking/module administration (a)

Desirable Criteria 3

Breadth of knowledge of subject eg Psychological theory or practical research methods to deal with student enquiries (a)

Desirable Criteria 4

Familiarity with basic principles of phonetics, phonology and/or orthography. (a)

Further Particulars

Right to work in the UK If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/or are seeking sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa in the UK points-based immigration system please click on this link which contains further information about obtaining right to work in the UK and details about eligibility for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

Equality and Diversity The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual's differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

We are committed to supporting all staff to reach their potential and we welcome applications from candidates from diverse and under-represented groups.

Warwick Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award for gender equality advancement, and are working towards a Silver award.

We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities who can request access to the on-site nursery facilities (waiting list) and the childcare voucher's scheme.

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

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