Graduate Teaching Assistant - Mathematics

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

September 23, 2021

Description

Graduate Teaching Assistant - Mathematics

The post of Graduate Teaching Assistant - Mathematics is open to UoG students currently undertaking PhD study at the University of Glasgow or have completed PhD. This is a part time post working 4 hours per week.

Job Purpose

To deliver activities in accordance with the remit of Student Learning Development (SLD), including the key requirement to maintain its reputation as a user-friendly, supportive service to help students throughout the University of Glasgow as they seek to gain and apply skills in numeracy and mathematics.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To offer tailored tuition, advice and effective guidance through the provision of individual appointments and drop-in sessions to students who fall within the remit of the unit to support them to improve their numeracy and mathematics skills. The post holder will assist the Mathematics and Statistics Coordinator and the Mathematics Adviser in delivery of specialist mathematics support.

2. To provide students with help with non-assessed coursework and general queries arising out of summative assessment (but not directly with summatively assessed work e.g. projects).

3. To design and deliver small and/or large group seminars to support students to improve their numeracy and mathematics skills.

4. To promote the Service at student induction events.

5. To identify key resources to assist students to develop numeracy and mathematics skills, e.g. books, worksheets, briefing papers, on line-materials and department-based course materials.

6. To undertake limited administrative duties as requested by the Mathematics and Statistics Coordinator of Student Learning Development.

7. To contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan, Glasgow 2020 – A Global Vision https:// www. gla.ac.uk/media/media180610en.pdf

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/Qualifications

Essential

A1 A first degree in Mathematics or a numerate discipline with a substantial mathematical component

A2 An understanding of the role of technology in supporting student learning

A3 Familiarity with virtual learning environments

A4 A firm understanding of the Mathematics taught at secondary school and/or at Further Education colleges

Desirable

B1 A postgraduate qualification in Mathematics or higher degree in a numerate and/or scientific discipline (or equivalent)

B2 A postgraduate teaching qualification and/or Associate Fellowship or Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy Experience of working in Higher Education

B3 Development of learning resources

Skills

Essential

C1 Ability to solve and explain mathematical problems confidently

C2 Able to deal professionally, confidently, sensitively and tactfully with students in one-to-one and group settings

C3 Ability to work in a sensitive, ethical and legal manner with students in accordance with all relevant legislation

C4 Working knowledge of relevant software packages and the ability to use them effectively to support students

C5 Ability to produce creative learning materials to support the development of students' academic skills relating to the Service's remit

C6 Excellent communication skills both oral and written

C7 Excellent interpersonal skills

C8 Ability to work independently and as part of a team

C9 Time management skills

C10 Ability to accept collegiate responsibilities and act accordingly

Experience

Essential

E1 Currently undertaking PhD study at the University of Glasgow or have completed PhD

E2 Experience of delivering workshops, seminars, conducting one-to-one and small group discussions

Job Features

Dimensions

Operational

To help students throughout the University of Glasgow as they seek to gain and apply skills in numeracy and mathematics.

To promote the Service at student induction events.

Support for students

To provide confidential one-to-one appointments to discuss students' individual needs in relation to their need to improve their numeracy and mathematical skills, and as directed by the Maths and Statistics Coordinator of Student Learning Development, provide support at relevant group sessions and/or drop-in sessions.

To develop resources for all undergraduate students to use to improve their numeracy and statistical skills, liaising with the Maths and Statistics Coordinator and the Mathematics Adviser to plan and design teaching modes and materials, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the teaching. Administrative

To complete required records of contact with students.

Planning and Organising

Effective organisation skills to effectively manage time and prioritise as appropriate for support and administrative duties. Reactive – respond to queries from departmental staff/students. Weekly/monthly – student contact planning, organisation and materials generation. Planning and organisation of work with the Maths and Statistics Coordinator, and the Maths Adviser of Student Learning Development. Plan and organise administrative duties on an ongoing basis.

Decision Making

Take decisions as appropriate with guidance from the Maths and Statistics Coordinator and the Maths Adviser of Student Learning Development. Prioritise own work within parameters agreed with the Maths and Statistics Coordinator of Student Learning Development.

Internal/External Relationships

Internal Students who fall within the remit of the Service. Student support services where appropriate.

External N/A (such liaison would be via the Maths and Statistics Coordinator).

Problem Solving

Act as a point of contact for problems/enquiries from students relating to the Service's remit.

Terms and conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade 6, £29,614 -£33,309 per annum.

FUNDING DETAILS

Probation Period

ECDP 1+ year ONLY.

The successful applicant of this post will be enrolled onto the University's Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career.

Information on the programme can be found on our website at: https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/all/pay/ecdp/

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the

University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.

It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Closing date 23 September 2021

Vacancy Ref : 065972 Close Date : 23-Sep-2021 23:45