Institute of Archaeology


Postgraduate Teaching Assistants

Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (PGTAs): Like most other departments at UCL, we recruit a number of postgraduate teaching assistants every year to contribute to teaching and support.

Two students (one male, one female) with a member of staff in a white coat discussing animal bones in a lab

PGTA Support Staff

  • PGTA Tutor – Borja Legarra Herrero: the PGTA tutor provides training to new PGTAs and acts as a source of advice for any problems related to the position. In most cases, you can also usefully seek advice from the coordinator for the module on which you are teaching/line manager for the role you are undertaking.
  • PGTA Administrator Louisa Goldsmith: Louisa manages HR matters related to PGTA recruitment and is the first port of call for pay-related queries.



  • All new PGTAs must attend the introductory Arena One Gateway Workshop prior to commencing teaching. PGTAs are responsible for signing up for a workshop at an appropriate time. 
  • PGTAs are also strongly encouraged to attend the Teaching Associate Programme (TAP) offered by Arena One.
  • The UCL Institute of Archaeology also has a mandatory induction session for all PGTAs during induction week. PGTAs will be given further details prior to the start of term.
  • All PGTAs must complete the UCL Safety Induction (online course).
  • 5 hours will be paid to PGTAs to cover the time required to undertake the Arena Once Gateway Workshop and the Institute’s induction session.


  • When will my contract start?
    • All PGTA contracts start on 1 October (if you start in term 1) and 1 January (if you start in term 2). If you have a PGTA role in both terms or throughout the academic year, then your contract will indicate this. Any variation in contract start date will be clearly communicated at the point of advertisement and offer.
  • What do I need to do to ensure I get paid on time?
  • When will I receive my first payment?
    • The last working day of the month. You will receive your first payment at the end of the first month of employment.
  • When will I receive my final payment?
    • The last working day of the final month of employment (NB this will be paid early if you finish in December to take account of the Christmas closure).
  • How is annual leave paid?
    • Annual leave will be automatically calculated by HR and paid with your monthly salary.