Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA5-PS 0922) 22.23.11 . Job Reference: 1887916

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

September 29, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category





£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 Psychology is currently recruiting for a number of Graduate Assistant Posts to assist in the teaching of modules at Undergraduate First year 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 in practical sessions for 2022/23 for PS114: Research Methods in Psychology (Core), a module which focusses on research skills. Details: https: //

Please indicate in your covering letter if you have knowledge and experience related to PS114: Research Methods in Psychology. Note that you may be offered work on an alternative module depending on applications and department need, and that posts in the 23.24 academic year may vary.

Job Description


This is an Associate Tutor post which covers practical sessions which run in both terms 1 & 2. These sessions support students in the practical application of their learning for the PS114 Research Methods in Psychology module. Successful applicants will be expected to facilitate 1x2 hour session per week for 16 weeks (weeks 1 -10 term 1, weeks 1 – 6 term 2). There are 5 posts for this role covering the 5 sessions each week. This post is expected to cover the session taking place on Fridays from 13:00 – 15:00 in Term 1 and the session taking place on Fridays from 14:00 – 16:00 in Term 2. The post holders will be required to ensure that they are familiar with the module content and the IT software used in the practical sessions.


The post holder's role is to aid the module convenor to deliver a high quality teaching experience to a large cohort of first year undergraduate students. The post holders will need to become familiar with module content and to provide and support students in the work, providing in session feedback and guidance. Whilst full details of duties and responsibilities will be provided by the module convenor to the successful applicant, this post will involve 32 hours of contact with students, leading practical sessions, supporting students and offering feedback and guidance in these sessions. It is expected that around 10 hours of preparation will be needed, including familiarisation with the module content, and meeting with the module to convener to discuss materials. There is a small allowance of c5 hours for other administrative tasks e.g. maintaining attendance records or student queries outside of the taught sessions.

All GTA post holders are expected to undertake core training expected of all staff (Those who have previously undertaken this training are only expected to undertake a refresher where necessary hours to undertake this) All post holders are expected to have completed the Preparing to Teach in Higher Education course in advance of teaching.

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 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 supervisor before accepting a GTA position (a)

Essential Criteria 6

Competence in teaching and providing feedback to students at an appropriate level (c)

Essential Criteria 7

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

Essential Criteria 8

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

Essential Criteria 9

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

Essential Criteria 10

Completion of Preparing to Teach in Higher Education. course in advance of teaching (a)

Essential Criteria 11

Experience of SPSS (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 e.g. Psychological theory or practical research methods to deal with student enquiries (a)

Further Particulars

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.

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.

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

29 Sep 2022

About the employer

The University of Warwick is a public research university on the outskirts of Coventry between the West Midlands and Warwickshire, England. The university was founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand higher education. The Warwick Business...