Responsibilities of a GTA
According to the Graduate School’s guidance, The Graduate Teaching Assistant will primarily assist and support academic staff or other professional staff members in the delivery of teaching or teaching-related duties to students in a variety of learning environments. GTAs will work under the supervision of an academic member of staff and will not be directly responsible for teaching, marking assignments, giving feedback, developing online materials and pastoral care.
GTAs are expected to maintain standards of professional ethics appropriate for any member of academic staff.
Further key responsibilities include:
GTAs are expected to attend briefings and follow guidance coming from the course leader in preparation for the teaching sessions. This may include to proactively initiate interaction with the course leader.
GTAs are expected to prepare for any teaching by acquainting themselves with the core reading and ensuring they have the ability to contextualise and/or summarise the material. On occasion, GTAs may be asked to complete other teaching duties specified by the member of academic staff responsible for those students.
GTAs may be asked to complete one of more types of support, under the supervision with the relevant course leader:
- Supervise assigned study group or lab group
- Mentoring/tutoring students on their study skills, progress and pastoral issues
- Providing feedback to taught students on their performance, progress and/or coursework
- Assessing coursework following published assessment criteria
- Supporting activities during lab demonstrations and practical sessions.