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Teaching opportunities for postgraduate research students

Do you remember an inspiring teacher? Perhaps they ignited a passion for science? Or motivated you to believe you could do a PhD?

The ability to explain complex ideas in ways that others can understand and engage in is a fundamental skill that all researchers need. It is something we do all the time when working with more junior researchers or sharing particular expertise with our peers.

Teaching others to develop new skills and understand new concepts is a great way to get experience of teaching. The skills you develop are valuable and very transferable. Thinking on your feet, taking responsibility for delivering sessions, and enhancing your communication skills will build your confidence and serve you well in future.

Across the Faculty, we have opportunities for postgraduate research students to work as graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) and demonstrators on our undergraduate courses. You will earn cash while gaining valuable experience and boosting your CV. More details on GTAs can be found on Staffnet, including GTA FAQs.

Feedback from our undergraduate students also tells us that they really appreciate the effort and expertise of our GTAs and demonstrators.

"The reading groups were really helpful. I now feel like I can critique a paper properly- definitely the best reading groups I have attended during my time here. Anne the leader was really interesting, enthusiastic and engaging too and made the reading groups a really nice atmosphere."

Undergraduate psychology student