Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA5-PO 1122) . Job Reference: 1889058

University of Warwick
November 25, 2022
Offerd Salary:£27,929 - £31,411
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Vacancy Type/Job category



Politics & International Studies


£27,929 - £31,411 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 Politics and International Studies invites applications for 1 x Graduate Teaching Assistant position with a focus on Politics and Quantitative Methods available to start at the beginning of Term 2 of the academic year 2022-23. The Department values diversity, aims to challenge discrimination, and promotes equality. We are committed to strengthening our equality, diversity and inclusion agenda both in relation to our community (students and staff), our research and teaching practices, and our curricula. Applications are particularly encouraged from groups that are presently under- represented in PAIS, including individuals who identify as Black, Asian and other under- represented ethnicities, women, those with disabilities, those who identify as LGBTQUA+ people, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our staff in their work in PAIS

The successful candidate will be required to undertake seminar teaching duties on the module PO12Q Introduction to Quantitative Political Analysis II. The Department currently anticipates this to be 2 or 3x 2-hour first year undergraduate seminar groups, delivered throughout Term 2, plus associated Advice and Feedback hours and marking.

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)(d)

Desirable Criteria 1

Prior teaching or small group facilitation experience (a)(c)(d)

Desirable Criteria 2

Knowledge and experience of the application of quantitative methods within the context of Politics as a discipline (a)(c)

Desirable Criteria 3

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.

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.

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

25 Nov 2022

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