Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA5-LA-21052021) . Job Reference: 1877166

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

June 23, 2021


Vacancy Type/Job category



School of Law


£26,715 - £30,046 per annum, pro-rota


University of Warwick - Coventry

Vacancy Overview


Start Date - 4 October 2021

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.

Warwick Law School is seeking to recruit up to 8 Graduate Teaching Assistants to contribution to its distinctive internationalist and ‘law in context' approach to legal scholarship. Your application should include a CV with any relevant experience, alongside your application form. A willingness and ability to contribute to student experience, and to discharge administrative and pastoral duties appropriate for appointment at this level, is essential.

Candidates are needed to teach seminars in:

Commercial Constitutional and Administrative Contract (possibly 2 roles) International Economic Law Property Tort Trusts

Location: Coventry. It is a condition of the Terms and Conditions of Employment that you must live within a reasonable travelling distance of your place of work in order to fulfil all of the duties and responsibilities of your role.

Interview Date - 7 July 2021

Job Description


Undertake teaching tasks within a class, seminar, and tutorial or equivalent context in order to progress the student learning.


Research: Reflect on practice and the development of own teaching and learning skills.

Teaching: • Teach tasks within a class, seminar, tutorial or equivalent, with support from members of the academic staff, within an established programme of study. • Teach using a variety of teaching methods in the classroom within a syllabus as devised by academic staff. • Develop own teaching methods and approaches. • Develop supplementary teaching materials with appropriate guidance and support where required. • Ensure that the content, methods of delivery and learning materials meet the defined learning objectives. • Supervise the work of students, where required by the department, providing advice on study and learning. • Apply appropriate assessment methods and criteria, assess the work and progress of students. • Undertake formal assessment of students which could include setting and marking work applying academic judgement and integrity and knowledge of the area. • Provide constructive oral and written feedback to students, possibly in one- to-one settings.

Administration and Other Activities: Undertake duties related to course administration, including but not limited to maintaining.

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

Good honours degree. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral, written and IT); ability to explain and communicate problems, ideas and concepts clearly. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 3

Knowledge acquired in the relevant academic discipline as part of appropriate, postgraduate studies or equivalent (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 4

Breadth and depth of knowledge of subject in order to deal with issues or queries raised by students. An aptitude to demonstrate and communicate ideas, (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 5

techniques and/or methods to students drawing on sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 6

An aptitude for teaching, awareness of varied methods and techniques. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 7

Sensitivity to diversity in learner styles and types, and in assessment (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 8

Understanding of issues related to confidentiality and wellbeing. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 9

Career development and interest, teamwork and professional skills (a) (c).

Essential Criteria 10

Marking of scripts to address the need for clarity and positive feedback to individual students. (a) (c)

Essential Criteria 11

An ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and administrative colleagues, and with colleagues outside the University to promote collegiality. (a) (c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Completion (or near completion) of Warwick's Academic and Professional Pathway for Postgraduate Researchers who Teach (APP PGR), or equivalent teaching qualification. (a)

Further Particulars

About Warwick Law School

Teaching: Founded in 1968, Warwick Law School is proud of its pluralist approach to legal scholarship. The School offers the LLB, LLB with German or French Law, joint degrees with Sociology and Business Studies, a joint degree in Politics, Philosophy and Law, and joint degrees with any of the Humanities or Social Sciences. Masters programmes include International Economic Law, International Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, International Development Law and Human Rights, International Commercial Law, and Advanced Legal Studies. The quality of our teaching has been recognised with two National Teaching Fellowships and a number of Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence. We are committed to innovative and high quality teaching within a broad and contextual curriculum. We are currently planning a new undergraduate curriculum, which will take our critical and contextual approach to the next level.

Research: As set out on our website, the School hosts four Research Centres, is part of two cross-disciplinary Centres, and there are several research clusters. We have a thriving body of research students and post-doctoral researchers working across all these areas.Research conducted within the Law School is internationally excellent and often world-leading. The School was ranked 10th overall in the UK in REF 2014, coming 6th for research environment and 7th for the quality of its published research. Reflective of our ‘law in context' ethos, we are committed to maximizing the impact of our research through public engagement and activities designed to generate social and legal change.

Equality, diversity and inclusion:

Warwick Law School is highly diverse. Around 40% of our undergraduates, and over 60% of our postgraduates, are international (including from the EU). Over 60% of our undergraduates, and nearly 80% of our postgraduates, identify as BAME. Warwick Law School values widening participation, and 10-15 percent of our undergraduates come to us on contextual offers. Our staff also come from many different countries and backgrounds, and we are keen to diversify our School further in this and in future appointment rounds.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award

At Warwick Law School we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. The School currently holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award and the University of Warwick holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognizes the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including generous carers'/maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policies, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme. 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 equity.

Informal inquiries can be made, in the first instance by email, to Dr Illan Wall, Director of Teaching Allocation:

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.

Other Information

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.

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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.

Closing Date

23 Jun 2021