All PhD students, after the first year of their studies, are eligible to apply to become teaching assistants in the Department, taking part in undergraduate teaching. This might mean leading seminar groups, marking essays or assignments, or even delivering lectures.
We see work as a TA as part of your training and professional development (it is also paid at an hourly rate). Our aim is to allow every research student who wants to teach to do so, subject to their fitness to the task and the needs of their own research. We cannot guarantee to find all students teaching work but it is usually possible.
TAs are provided with training by the University and their work will be formally observed by staff within the Department, who can help with their professional development and also provide references on the quality of their work.
Thanks to generous support from our alumni, from 2014 we are able to provide an annual Teaching Excellence Award, worth £250, recognising the most outstanding contribution from a postgraduate teacher.