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RONNIE WARRINGTON GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTS (two fixed term posts) available at Birkbeck School of Law

We have two exciting opportunities to undertake a PhD in the School of Law - both Graduate Teaching posts.

Graduate Teaching Assistants

This post provides an opportunity to study for a PhD in the School of Law, alongside gaining valuable experience as a teaching assistant in some of the School’s programmes of study. Birkbeck School of Law is among the world’s leading centres for interdisciplinary legal research and critical legal studies.

There are three steps applicants will need to complete to be considered for an interview. The post holder will need to be registered as an MPhil/PhD student within the School of Law for the period of employment. As a first step to being considered for the MPhil/ PhD applicants should initially submit an expression of interest. The expression of interest form is available at:

Once your expression of interest has been accepted you will then need to undertake two further steps:
1) complete a formal application for the GTA post by completing an application form found on our job website

2)  make  a separate full application to the MPhil/PhD programme (see further application details on our website at

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship is aimed at supporting innovative research in critical legal studies, or critical criminology. Candidates need to identify the contribution their research will make to their field of study.

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 degree or equivalent in law and an interest in degree-level teaching, perhaps with a view to an academic career, and be willing and able to contribute to seminar teaching on one or more modules of the qualifying law degree programme, or the certificate programmes (see  Applications from those with a degree other than in law are also welcome but will need to satisfy the selection panel that they are able to undertake teaching in one of our programmes, such as Criminology.

Candidates will be required to undertake the College’s Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning. Tuition fees for this will be covered.

Further Information

This 3-year fixed term post is for a 0.5 FTE contract (salary of approx. £16,021, inclusive of London Allowance on point 26 of salary grade 6) and also includes a fee waiver: one at the home/EU rate; and one at the overseas rate for the MPhil/PhD programme at Birkbeck.


Main duties of the Post-holder

The Teaching Assistant will be expected to:

  • pursue study towards a PhD in the School of Law
  • undertake training in teaching as deemed necessary by the School
  • teach and provide tutorial assistance - providing classes, seminars – including undertaking the necessary preparation, assessment and marking of such teaching
  • assist in the supervision of projects and participate in the assessment and examination of students
  • assist module organisers in monitoring student activity via Moodle.
  • undertake administration related to the above

The post entails teaching and administrative responsibilities. The two main ones are as detailed below:

1. To collaborate with academic staff on the preparation and delivery of teaching and assessment on taught programmes in the School. This may include the following tasks:

  • To assist students, as directed by the relevant academic staff by:
    • Teaching in seminars and tutorials
    • giving occasional lectures where appropriate
    • working on the ‘tuition line’ providing tuition to students via telephone or email
  • To assist the relevant academic staff when required, e.g.:
    • preparing of teaching materials;
    • assisting students during class exercises.
    • Liaising with academic staff in providing support for these courses.
    • Marking student work and examinations

2. To provide administrative support as directed by academic staff, which may include the following tasks:

  • Liaising with staff, including where appropriate those in partner organisations on collaborative programmes, though meetings and phone/email contact.
  • Assisting the relevant academic staff in providing administrative support and liaising with Birkbeck Registry and partner organisations over assessment matters (e.g. exam preparation, arrangements for examinations, contacting examiners, setting up mark sheets, attending Sub-board of Examiners).
  • Liaising with Birkbeck library staff to assist with the preparation of teaching materials

General Responsibilities

  • To implement the Equal Opportunities policy into your daily activities wherever possible
  • To be responsible for your own health and safety and that of your colleagues and students, in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and relevant EC directives.
  • To work in accordance with the Data Protection Act and to ensure that all new systems are reported to your Data Protection Controller.
  • In an effort to provide a healthy and comfortable working environment smoking is prohibited on college premises.

To enquire informally about the roles, please contact Dr Maria Aristodemou, Director of Postgraduate Research, at

Closing date for applications: 27th February 2017