UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


PGTA Recruitment

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) opportunities in the 2020/21 academic year at SSEES

SSEES is seeking to recruit between 30 and 35 Postgraduate Research (PGR) students to become PGTAs to tutor on the following undergraduate modules in the 2020/21 academic year:

Programme AreaModules (click here to read module specifications)
Economics & Business
  • Applied Game Theory (Term 2)
  • Contemporary Issues in International Business & Strategic Management (Term 1)
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics (Term 2)  
  • Introduction to Microeconomics (Term 1)
  • Frontiers of History (Terms 1 & 2)
  • History of Modern Germany (Terms 1 & 2)
  • History of Russia (Terms 1 & 2)
  • History of the Habsburg Monarchy (Terms 1 & 2)
  • History of the Soviet Union (Terms 1 & 2)
Languages & Culture



  • Support the delivery of introductionary Russian language modules. (Terms 1 & 2)
  • Russian Cinema: History, Ideology & Society (Terms 1 & 2) Film screening support only.
  • Russian Cinema: Innovtion & Experiment (Terms 1 & 2) Film screening support only.
  • Russian Cinema: Men & Women (Terms 1 & 2) Film screening support only.
Politics & Sociology
  • Communism in the Soviet Union (Term 1)
  • Comparative Political Analysis (Term 1)
  • History of European Political Ideas (Terms 1 & 2)
  • Introduction to International Relations (Terms 1 and 2)
  • Politics & Society in Central & Eastern Europe (Term 1)
  • Post-Soviet Politics & Society (Term 2)
  • Researching Politics & Society (Term 2 
  • Russian Politics & Society (Term 1)
  • Soviet & Russian Foreign Policy (Terms 1 & 2)
  • Understanding & Analysing Data (Term 2)
  • Understanding Politics: How Politics Works (Term 2)
  • Understanding Politics: The Big Questions (Term 1)
  • Understanding Society: Introduction to Political Sociology (Term 1)
  • Understading Society: Introduciton to Social Theory (Term 2)

In addition to tutoring on specific modules, we are also seeking PGTAs who can provide more general assistance to lecturers to support and faciliate the delivery and management of online teaching in the next academic year as a result of the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic.

PGTAs are principally engaged to facilate and lead undergraduate tutorials, with a typical tutorial group consisting of between 10 and 12 students. PGTAs are also often asked to undertake formative assessment and feedback, and examination invigilation, for which additional remuneration is paid. Module coordinators provided detailed guidance and support to PGTAs on their modules.

Due to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic it is presently anticipated that most tutorals will be conducted virtually, although some face-to-face tutoring may also take place, particularly in Term 2.

It is anticipated that PGTAs will normally lead between 3 to 4 tutorial groups per term, usually on one specific module, although this will vary by module/subject area and the teaching requirements.

PGTAs are employed from the end of September to the end of March (subject to the module(s) they are supporting).

Eligibility & Requirements

To be eligible to be consider for a PGTA position at SSEES you must:

  1. Be a registered PGR student at UCL or another university, entering their 2nd or later year of study. Students who have recently submitted their PhD can also apply.
  2. Have the right-to-work in the United Kingdom.
  3. Have the approval of your Principal PhD supervisor.

Prior teaching experience is not required, but helpful. Knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject, together with a committment to supporting the learning of students is critical.

PGTAs must be able to commit to supporting usually between 3 to 4 hourly tutorial groups per week, and holding a weekly office hour for their students in the School.

How to Apply

Simply complete and return our application form (see below), together with providing your latest CV, by Wednesday, 30th July 2020 (4pm GMT) to ssees.people@ucl.ac.uk 

UCL SSEES PGTA Application Form (Word docx file)

Your application will be considered by the relevant module coordinator(s) and we anticipate communicating selection decisions to you by mid August at the latest.


In addition to remuneration, PGTA tutoring provides an excellent opportunity for PGR students to develop their teaching experience and advance their wider career development. SSEES is committed to supporting its Early Career Researcher (ECR) community and aims to give all of its PhD students an opportunity to undertake PGTA tutoring during their studies.

SSEES PGTAs salaries start at £24,962 pro rata (Grade 5, Spine Point 15 on the UCL salary scale), with PGTAs supporting Economics & Business modules receiving an additional market supplement that is equivalent to a further 50% of salary.

PGTAs are provided with fixed-term contracts of employment, which set a minimum number of hours, with salaries paid on a monthly basis, and PGTAs are also eligible to join the relevant UCL pension scheme. Returning PGTAs benefit from salary increments based on their prior experience. Additionally, PGTAs accure holiday entitlement, and this calculated and paid at the end of a PGTA's appointment.

PGTA workloads and their contracted hours are calculated according to a defined set of workload 'tariffs', which provides for contact hours, preparation time, office time with students and lecture attendance, which is required for new PGTAs. SSEES seeks to carefully manage the workloads and commitments of its PGTAs to ensure teaching duties do not interfere with their doctoral research and training.

All SSEES PGTAs enrol on UCL's dedicated PGTA training programme, 'ARENA1', which is delivered by the UCL ARENA Centre, and further in-house induction and training is also provided by SSEES staff. Further information about UCL's PGTA training can be found at https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/professional-development/ucl-are...