Application closing date: 4pm, Friday 14 February 2014
Applications are invited for full time Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PTA) scholarships leading to the degree of PhD commencing in September 2014. Successful applicants will receive a maintenance grant and teaching payment (currently £13,460 per year) and tuition fees paid at the Home/EU rate. A bursary reducing the overseas fee to home fee rate may also be awarded to suitably qualified applicants on a competitive basis.
The funding for these PTA scholarships will be available for one year in the first instance, extended for a second and then third year providing there has been satisfactory performance in both teaching and research. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University.
Those appointed PTAs will normally be expected to teach approximately 60 hours of small group seminars on an undergraduate law module per year, and hold regular office hours. PTAs are valued members of the Birmingham Law School teaching staff. Training and mentoring in teaching and learning in higher education will be provided.
Benefits of Becoming a PTA
By the end of their time in the School, PTAs can expect to have made good progress in the craft of university teaching and have a research degree. Many PTAs have used their experience as a stepping stone to taking up full-time academic appointments on completion of their PhDs. Benefits include:
• Gaining valuable teaching experience to increase employability
• An established route to becoming a full time academic
• Annual maintenance grant and teaching payment
• Tuition fees paid at the Home/EU rate
• A shared office with other Postgraduate Teaching Assistants
• Support and assistance with the preparation of teaching materials
• Participation in a thriving Postgraduate Research Community
• Support to attend conferences and events
So far as possible, PTAs are treated as fully-fledged members of the teaching staff. They attend our annual learning and teaching ‘away day’, have opportunities for teaching training, and gain an understanding of the quality assurance mechanisms used by good universities. The main priority for PTAs is, however, to conduct their own research.
Support available for PTAs
• An experienced member of the School acts as teaching mentor to each PTA.
• An introductory course is organised on small-group teaching early in the academic year.
• Training in using the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment
• The opportunity to attend other appropriate training courses offered by the University’s Staff Development Unit.
How to Apply
The application for PTA scholarships is in addition to an application to study for a PhD in the Law School. Applicants should fill in the PTA Scholarship Application Form and provide two References, using the Reference Form.
Applications and references should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications and references must be received by 4pm on Friday, 14 February 2014. Incomplete applications will not be considered.