Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTAPS5 – 07-09-21 PS Post 6 PS116 teaching ) . Job Reference: 1879261

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

September 16, 2021


Vacancy Type/Job category





£27,116 - £30,497 per annum, pro-rata


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Open to internal candidates only

The Department of Psychology is currently recruiting for 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 for 2021/22 for PS116: Academic Skills for Psychologists: (Core), a module which focusses on enhancing academic skills; in particular, study skills, plagiarism, fostering critical thought and analytical skills. Details:https: // There are up to 3 teaching posts covering seminars. Each post covers at the least 2 x 1 hour face-to-face teaching per week, generally weeks 1 – 10 on either Thursday (morning) or Friday (morning or evening). Please indicate in your covering letter if you have knowledge and experience related to PS116: Academic Skills for Psychologists and say if you can't do any of the days. Note that you may be offered work on an alternative module depending on applications and department need, and that posts in the 22/23 academic year may vary .

Job Description


The Associate Tutor'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 Associate tutor will need to become familiar with module content and to provide timely feedback on course content to students. There will be opportunities to develop teaching skills needed for more senior teaching posts.


Duties and responsibilities will be outlined by the module convenor, but as an indication will include all or some of the following: Preparation to become familiar with module content, and meeting with the module to convener to discuss teaching strategies and materials: Leading seminar groups. Facilitating discussion groups with students. Responding to student queries and enquiries. Course administration- undertake duties including but not limited to maintaining attendance records. Research and Scholarship Ability to reflect on practice and development of own teaching and learning skills.

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 small 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 your 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)

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 eg Psychological theory or practical research methods to deal with student enquiries (a)

Further Particulars

We are committed to supporting all staff to reach their potential and we welcome applications from candidates from diverse and under-represented groups. Warwick Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award for gender equality advancement, and are working towards a Silver award. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities who can request access to the on-site nursery facilities (waiting list) and the childcare voucher's scheme.

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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.

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

16 Sep 2021