Teaching Assistant
The Edinburgh University Press
Edinburgh, GB
12h ago

Job Purpose

To deliver undergraduate and postgraduate taught learning and teaching activities, within an established programme and with specified learning outcomes, as part of the integrated overall course structure within the School of Engineering.

A key purpose of the role is to enhance the learning experience of students and create a stimulating and interactive learning environment in a variety of functions including tutorials, laboratories and marking of student submissions.

3. Main Responsibilities

The following items are representative responsibilities which may be undertaken by postholders at this level :

To deliver tutorials, within a framework set by the Course Organiser, for groups of students, with specified learning outcomes.

Tutorials may take a variety of forms including those appropriate to problem-based learning. Approx. 20-40% of time.

To demonstrate use of laboratory equipment, conduct of experiments, exercises and / or processes and to answer questions related to those demonstrations.

Where required, to ensure that equipment is accessible, functional and / or material for demonstrations and exercises is prepared before the start of a session.

Approx. 20-40% of time.

To undertake marking of tutorial, coursework and laboratory submissions, using defined marking criteria and supported by the Course Organiser.

Complete any administrative work associated with marking. Where required, to provide formal oral or written feedback to students in relation to assessment in line with University and School procedures.

Approx. 20-40% of time.

To be aware of any health and safety implications of procedures, and take action to maintain a safe environment, raising any concerns with the Course Organiser. Approx. 10% of time.

Advise the Course Organiser any concerns about student performance. Approx. 5% of time.

Discuss with the Course Organiser and carry out the necessary preparation to ensure a full understanding of course materials relating to tutorial, coursework and laboratory report submissions and exercises.

Ensure adherence to solutions and corresponding marking schemes provided. Approx. 5% of time.

4. Planning and Organising

Post holders must ensure they have an adequate level of preparation in advance of planned sessions and ensure they are familiar with the equipment, tasks, exercises and processes.

They should attend any training / briefing sessions as agreed with the Course Organiser. They should also ensure they are aware of the submission and marking deadlines and that they mark and provide sufficient feedback within the set timeframe.

5. Problem Solving

Post holders are expected to resolve problems relating to own teaching activity independently and pass onto the Course Organiser, or other appropriate staff, more complex issues including concerns relating to students health and safety or pastoral issues.

Interacting with students they should recognise any personal problems that may have a negative impact on academic functioning and be aware of the student support system to direct students appropriately and / or refer issues to the appropriate member of staff.

Pastoral issues must be treated with sensitivity and discretion.

6. Decision Making

Post holders are expected to provide advice and guidance to students and answer their questions, deciding when to refer queries and issues to the Course Organiser or other appropriate member of staff.

The post holder should feedback to course organiser any concerns e.g. students who were struggling, equipment which is not working properly, plagiarism, student performance etc.

Post holders who undertake marking are provided with marking guidelines and criteria.

7. Key Contacts / Relationships

Students to whom tutoring, demonstrating and marking

Course Organiser

Other Teaching Assistants

Technical Support Staff

Teaching Support Staff

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Depending on the nature of the specific role :

  • Demonstrate capability to lead and coordinate groups, including the ability to understand the needs of a group and individual students and to provide appropriate guidance.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to explain concepts in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Sufficient knowledge of the discipline / topics under discussion.
  • Understanding of the basic principles of teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Post holders would normally hold a degree relevant to the teaching area.

    9. Dimensions

    Has health and safety responsibility for students through supervision and adoption of correct processes / procedures.

    10. Job Context and any other relevant information

    You will be employed on a student experience contract and will be allocated a specific number of hours per Course / Semester.

    You will be notified of the hours in due time.

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