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Application for Postgraduates Who Teach (PGWT) in Sociology 2013

Posted on 20 August 2013

Postgraduates Who Teach (PGWT) are required for the following first year Sociology modules running in the Autumn term 2013:

Job title:

Postgraduates Who Teach (PGWT) are required for the following first year

Sociology modules running in the Autumn term 2013:

  • Cultivating a Sociological Imagination. Module coordinator: Daryl Martin (
  • Introduction to Social Theory. Module coordinator: Nik Brown (
  • The Sociology of Crime and Deviance. Module coordinator: Ruth Penfold-Mounce (
  • Introducing Social Psychology. Module coordinator: Clare Jackson (

Duration of job

To start teaching week commencing 7th October 2013 until week commencing 25th November 2013, plus marking associated coursework (submitted by students on 4th December 2013) to be completed and returned to module convenors no later than 16th December 2013. PGWT may also be required to attend department meetings, which may include module-specific briefings and in-house training sessions.

Main Purpose of the role:

To contribute to undergraduate student learning, to undertake teaching activities and associated marking, this includes developing seminar programmes, and providing appropriate guidance and feedback as required.

Key responsibilities/ activities

  • Use existing teaching materials or modify teaching materials to enhance existing session plans within a clear and established programme
  • Teach and facilitate student learning
  • Monitor performance and give feedback and guidance on student work
  • Help students to make sense of their learning within the context of the module and programme
  • Attend meetings relating to student programmes on which they teach
  • Attend associated teaching, where appropriate
  • Act as a catalyst for further development or learning


All PGWT employed to undertake paid teaching must have completed the mandatory training outlined in the University Policy for PGWT or be booked in to take it in October 2013:

As a minimum, all PGWT must have completed either the ‘Introduction to Learning and Teaching’ course or the PGWT Residential provided by the Researcher Development Team (RDT). For further information on the mandatory training:

In addition to the above, PGWT may be required to undertake department-and subject-specific training. Note that all training is obligatory, and that time spent undertaking training does not count towards the contact hours.

Qualifications, skills, experience required:

  • A relevant first degree
  • A relevant postgraduate degree
  • Be undertaking or have undertakenresearch level postgraduate education
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate students
  • Completion of the ‘Introduction to learning and Teaching’ training course provided by the GTU
  • Other postgraduate level training
  • Good communication skills
  • Approval of current academic supervisor


£21.24 per hour (Comprehensive Hourly Rate Level 1) for seminar teaching

£12.14 per hour (Basic Hourly rate) for marking (8 hours allocated per seminar group). For PGWT roles and rates of pay:

Hours of work


Please note, we cannot guarantee that all sessions allocated will take place on the same day of the week, we have to fit in with the timetable.

Closing date

2 September 2013

Details of how to apply

Please submit a CV and a statement by email to Lynn Kilgallon ( with details of the following:

  • How your experience meets the requirements for teaching in the Department of Sociology.
  • Modules you would be willing to teach in order of preference. We will try to provide you with your first choice. However, this may not always be possible.
  • How many seminar groups you would like to be allocated.
  • Confirmation that you have discussed teaching with and have approval from your supervisor.
  • Whether you would like to be considered for the role of PGWT Representative.

Contact details

If you have any questions, please contact PGWT Coordinator Daryl Martin ( or Lynn Kilgallon.