Under close supervision, to contribute to the delivery of the Department’s teaching programme through straightforward teaching support, using prepared materials, with small groups of students.
(In this context, close supervision means using only exercises and/or teaching materials supplied by the academic responsible for the class. Straightforward support teaching means that the range of issues to be covered is predictable and constrained by the nature of the materials used.)
To provide straightforward teaching support, under close supervision and using prepared materials, to small groups of students (the content and methodology for the teaching support having been developed and determined by members of the academic staff).
To discuss, with the member of academic staff responsible, the methodologies and purpose of the support teaching they will undertake.
To prepare for teaching sessions by familiarising themselves with the content of the class and any exercises they will be expected to lead, including working through themselves any exercises or problems set for a session.
To provide straightforward information and guidance to students, drawing on information made available by those responsible for developing the content and methodology of teaching.
To help students to absorb knowledge imparted in other sessions and try to help them overcome any problems they encounter in applying such knowledge.
Where students require more in-depth academic support and/or pastoral care, to be responsible for ensuring that the student is directed to an appropriate person for the relevant support/care.
To provide formative feedback to students, where appropriate.
To apply assessment methods (normally in class), which will be developed by others. May undertake marking where clear guidance on expected answers can be provided (usually subject to moderation by a member of academic staff) and provide information on outcomes to other members of the academic staff.
To undertake, if required, some organisation/administration directly related to the delivery of their own teaching support activities.
To provide information and feedback to other members of the academic and administrative staff to assist in the future planning and development of the activities in which they are engaged.
Line managed by
A member of the academic staff within the Department/School.
Line manager to
Relationships and contacts
There will be contact with students, involving the effective passing on of straightforward information, providing support for their learning and requiring the ability to engage and enthuse students.
Contact with members of academic staff on the content, methodology and effectiveness of their teaching support.
Contact with administrative and technical staff as appropriate.
Qualifications, skills and experience
A degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and usually studying for a higher degree.
Sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding in the discipline.
An understanding of teaching methods and techniques.
The ability to communicate straightforward information clearly, both orally and in writing.
Potential to stimulate and encourage the commitment to learn in others.
Ability to work effectively with colleagues and students.
Ability to organise own time effectively, so as to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities.