Edinburgh, UK
Oct 15, 2018
Nov 14, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types
The University of Edinburgh is committed to providing an outstanding student experience where possible, offering employment opportunities that provide both income and work experience during a student's time with us, preparing them for life beyond their studies and equipping them with the expertise and attributes they need to achieve their full potential within the global community.

This post is ONLY available for current University of Edinburgh students and is primarily aimed at PhD students in the School of GeoSciences. This post will assist with courses administered by the GeoSciences Teaching Organisation. Students are expected to prepare and deliver tutorial sessions and/or facilitate group discussions. The post holder may be requested to mark assignments using defined marking criteria and to provide suitable oral or written feedback. Markers may also be requested to provide feedback directly to students.

Job Purpose

To deliver learning and teaching activities, mainly undergraduate tutorial sessions, within an established programme and with specified learning outcomes as part of the integrated overall structure of courses and to enhance the learning experience of students. A key purpose of the role is to create a stimulating and interactive learning environment, where students can further their understanding of course topics and develop their academic skills, including critical thinking, analytical skills, argumentation and communication skills, and independence of learning.

Main Responsibilities

The following items are representative responsibilities, which may be undertaken by post-holders at this level:

To lead tutorial groups in discussing key points from lectures and/or course materials, within a framework set by others and to specified learning outcomes. Tutorials may take a variety of forms including those appropriate to problem-based learning and online sessions in distance learning programmes.30%

To contribute to the identification of topics for tutorials/sessions within the overall course parameters, by suggesting additional or alternative topics and small variations to the order of topics.5%

To assist with the preparation of reading lists and other material, by suggesting additional/alternative readings, and designing simple teaching material under the direction of the Course Organiser or other appropriate member of staff. For distance learning programmes, this may include updating existing online content to ensure its accuracy, currency and effectiveness.5%

To carry out necessary preparation and prior reading on tutorial topics in order to be able to guide discussion and answer queries arising from set exercises. Preparation may include familiarisation with the course structure, content, learning outcomes and assessment methods through the course Handbook and lecture/tutorial notes. 5%

To undertake marking, under supervision, of formative and summative assessments in line with the University Common Marking Scheme, the criteria set by the Course Organiser, and other marking guidance provided. Assessments may include exams and continuous assessment (e.g. tutorial assignments, essays, project work). 15%

To monitor student progress and provide feedback and feed-forward to students in relation to own teaching and assessment activity, in line with the School and University policies and procedures, highlighting to the Course Organiser any concerns about student performance or pastoral issues. 5%

To guide students in their learning experience as appropriate. This may include providing essay writing guidance, encouraging good practice in referencing sources, directing students to relevant resources, being available at specific times to answer student queries on matters arising from tutorial sessions or coursework. 5%

To fulfil the administrative work associated with marking and teaching. This may include keeping an accurate record of tutorial attendance and assessment marks, in line with the relevant procedures, and gathering student feedback for course monitoring and review purposes. 5%

To run external study visits planned by others, e.g. lecturer, as part of a course or module. 5%

To supervise group projects undertaken by students as part of a course, working within established learning objectives, parameters, and guidelines. This may include arranging meetings with students across the semester to help the project develop and providing regular feedback on progress. 10%

Where appropriate, to assist with the organisation of knowledge exchange and public engagement events, e.g. programme of cultural events. 5%

To be aware of any Health & Safety and welfare issues, and raise any concerns with the Course Organiser. 5%

Planning and Organising

Post-holders plan how to develop discussion/teaching delivery during sessions, within boundaries of topics set by the Course Organiser. They may assist with the identification of topics and preparation of reading lists and simple teaching material, under the direction of the Course Organiser or other appropriate member of staff.

Post-holders must ensure they have an adequate level of preparation in advance of planned sessions. They should attend any training/briefing sessions as agreed with the Course Organiser. They may need to consult with the Course Organiser on the advisability of attending some or all course lectures to get an understanding of the level of the material, lecturer's style, etc.

Problem Solving

Post-holders are expected to resolve most problems relating to own teaching activity independently and pass onto the Course Organiser, or other appropriate member of staff, more complex issues including concerns relating to students' health and safety or pastoral issues. In interacting with students, they should recognize 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 the issue to the appropriate member of staff. Pastoral issues must be treated with sensitivity and discretion.

Decision Making

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

Post-holders who undertake marking are provided with marking guidelines and criteria. Initial marks and formal feedback may be submitted to the Course Organiser or other appropriate member of staff for approval where appropriate. Post-holders may apply penalties for late submission of written work in line with the University and School policies, where extensions have not been previously granted by the Course Organiser or other appropriate member of staff.

Key Contacts/Relationships

Students, normally at undergraduate level.
Course Organiser, other tutors and teaching staff on the course.
Course Secretary and relevant support staff.
T&D Academic Coordinator.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Depending on the nature of the specific role, the post-holder will have:
• Demonstrable 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.


No financial responsibilities. Not responsible for other members of staff. Post-holders will normally work with small tutorial groups.

Job Context and any other relevant information

Where the post-holder is employed on a student experience contract, further activities may be identified as part of the professional development aspect of the role. Development activities may include the occasional and supervised delivery of a lecture or a supporting role in delivery of lectures. Development activities should be clearly linked to development objectives and constitute a limited part of the post. Direction, guidance and feedback should be provided by the relevant teaching staff, e.g. course lecturer or Course Organiser.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application.

Closing date is 5pm GMT on 31 May 2019.

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with UK legislation the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

In the circumstances where the vacancy does not meet the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) criteria for sponsorship the successful applicant must have the existing right to work in the UK or individual circumstances which enable permission to work to be obtained.

For further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes please visit the GOV.UK website

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE06 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website .


The role is guaranteed hours. It is grade UE06 and attracts an hourly rate of £14.95 plus annual leave allowance. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.
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