Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA5-PO-08092021) . Job Reference: 1879892

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 17, 2021


Vacancy Type/Job category



Politics & International Studies


£27,116 - £30,497 per annum, pro-rata


University of Warwick, Coventry.

Vacancy Overview

The Department of Politics and International Studies invites applications for Graduate Teaching Assistant positions available for the academic year 2021-22. We are committed to strengthening our equality and diversity agenda both in relation to our community (students and staff), our research, and our curricula. Applications are welcome from under- represented groups, including people who identify as Black, Asian and those from other under-represented ethnicities, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQUA+ people, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The department currently anticipates requiring teaching support on the following modules:

PO133 Foundations of Political Economy

Please note the above is not a definitive or exhaustive list; teaching on any specific module listed above cannot be guaranteed. Additional teaching needs may arise in other areas, so please note on your application whether you might be able to provide cover in a particular subject area not included above in case a teaching opportunity arises. In 2020/21, the University of Warwick has adopted a blended model comprising a mixture of online and face-to-face teaching (with predominantly in-person seminar delivery), this may continue in 2021/22 depending upon the public health situation.

The department values diversity, aims to challenge discrimination, and promotes equality. Along with your CV and cover letter/supporting statement, please also submit a 300-word response to the following classroom scenario:

"You are having a group discussion in a seminar about international migration. Student A says there are good reasons to impose caps on the number of people that can legally enter a country. Student B responds angrily, saying that this is racist and fascist. Other students loudly voice their agreement with Student B. The discussion is getting increasingly heated. What do you do?"

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of this exercise and their application. Upon being shortlisted you will be asked to attend a virtual interview panel. Once all recruitment stages have been completed, offers will be made to successful candidates.

Job Description


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


Research and Scholarship

- Reflect on practice and the development of own teaching and learning skills

Teaching and Learning Support

- Teach tasks within a class, seminar, tutorial or equivalent context, in support of teaching for which members of the academic staff have primary responsibility, 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 - Facilitate seminars as an environment for learning in which everyone feels welcome and valued as a contributor to the conversation or debate - 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

Administration and Other Activities

- Undertake duties related to course administration, including but not limited to maintaining attendance records

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 BA Honours degree (in a relevant area) (a)

Essential Criteria 2

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

Essential Criteria 3

An aptitude to demonstrate and communicate ideas, techniques and/or methods to students drawing on sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline (a, b, c)

Essential Criteria 4

Possess the skills and knowledge required to answer questions relating to the subject . (a, b, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Ability to adapt to the learning objectives and teaching and learning methods emphasized by the academic responsible (a, b, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Competence in teaching at an appropriate level (a, b, c)

Essential Criteria 7

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

Essential Criteria 8

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

Desirable Criteria 1

Prior teaching or small group facilitation experience (a, b, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Current PhD student in PAIS (a)

Further Particulars

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.

The term dates for the academic year are given here: https: //; it is important that you are available for the whole duration of the module you are recruited on and that you understand that there is a commitment to marking both formative and summative assessments extending into the Summer Term

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

Right to work in the UK

If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK and/ or are seeking sponsorship under 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.

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

17 Oct 2021