Current vacancies within the UCL History department.

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Postgraduate Teaching Assistant

Grade 5, (spine point 20)

Closing Date: Friday 31st May 2019

Start Date: Tuesday 24th September 2019

Duration: Term 1 (Writing History, Surveys and Approaching History); Term 2 (Writing History, Surveys and Making History)

UCL History wishes to make up to 30 appointments of Postgraduate Teaching Assistants for the 2019-2020 academic year. The appointments will be distributed over the department’s core and survey module teaching. This teaching opportunity is open to postgraduate students (registered on a PhD programme, in second, third or fourth year of study).

The department’s undergraduate student numbers are around 600, with a sizable graduate student body of 120 taught graduate students and 60 research students.

Most undergraduates take a BA in History, and we also offer Ancient History, History with a European Language and History with a Year Abroad. Our taught masters degrees are MA in History, MA in European History, MA in Ancient History, MA in Transnational Studies, MA in Chinese Health and Humanity, MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and MA in Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought.

We are based in four fine mid-Victorian town houses. Please note that their design will pose difficulties for individuals whose mobility is impaired.

Main purpose of the job:

The purpose of this job is to support teaching and learning for our undergraduates, working with the academic module leads through the delivery of small group teaching in the History Department.

Main duties of the post are tutorial class teaching, regular meetings with the course convenor, provision of feedback to students, attendance reporting, coursework assessment and examination marking.

PGTAs will be given training in support of their roles. PGTAs are expected to be able to commit be present on the Bloomsbury campus during the terms for which teaching is allocated and during the examination period as required.

Further information:

PGTAs are appointed at Grade 5 Spine Point 20 on the UCL academic salary scales, which presently equates to £14.64 per hour. PGTAs are eligible to join the SAUL pension scheme, and they will receive additional holiday pay in lieu of annual leave accrued.

Specific departmental training and mentoring for PGTAs is provided and UCL Arena offers training (mandatory) to prepare PGTAs for their teaching responsibilities and guidance on approaches to teaching and learning.

The department employs a pay formula which allows for ‘preparation’ time (preparation time including administration and student support) for tutorials (4 hours for the ‘first’ survey module group in a weekly cycle and 2 hours for each subsequent group); attendance at lectures (where required) and weekly office hours. Marking, for the survey modules and ‘Approaching History’ is paid separately (depending on the final marking allocation agreed with the convenor).

‘Writing History’* will be paid with a formula of 47 hours for one group and 67 hours for two groups.

‘Making History’* will be paid with a formula of 78 hours total for an allocation of one seminar group (c. 18 students).

(* these pay formulas may be subject to small revision in response to any mior changes in the module delivery.)


To be eligible to be considered for a PGTA position, applicants must be a registered postgraduate doctoral student (PGR) entering their second year of study of greater.

Doctoral students writing up their thesis are also able to apply, subject to them not having submitted their thesis prior to the start of 2019/20 academic year. Suitably qualified and eligible doctoral students from across UCL and other UK universities can apply for PGTA work with us.

It is expected that applicants will have consulted with, and secured the approval of, their Principal Supervisor before