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Teaching opportunities

Research students work at the cutting edge of their field. You live, breathe and care passionately about your subject. We encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities available to teach and share some of your expertise with our undergraduate students.

You might help facilitate a seminar or problem-solving session in your discipline. You might help students in another faculty better understand their work. This cross-fertilisation of ideas is consistent with the University’s commitment to research-led teaching and interdisciplinarity


  • Improves your confidence.
  • Enhances your ability to explain and engage people with your research.
  • Allows you to reflect on the impact of your research and why it is important.
  • Develops skills of creativity and innovation in you and your students.
  • Increases your resilience and resourcefulness.
  • Assimilates you into the faculty as a recognised expert in your field.

Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs)

If you wish to teach, we offer a range of schemes and programmes adapted to Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA):

Graduate Teaching Assistants

Teaching opportunities are advertised throughout the year. Subject-specific GTA positions will be advertised within your department. For more information, speak to your departmental GTA coordinator.


We will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to support your students. Our training provision is extensive and flexible to your needs.

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The opportunity to work as a teaching fellow in both Economics and Politics has been a fantastic experience; teaching Economics, Politics and PPE students gave me a great sense of responsibility.”

Dominic, PhD, PPE

Considering an academic career?

Teaching experience is a key part of our Learning and Teaching Award. If you are considering an academic career, this accredited course offers bespoke training and support.

  • Develop your teaching skills
  • Get mentored by an experienced academic
  • Associate Fellowship Status from the Higher Education Academy

More about the York Learning and Teaching Award (YLTA).

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