Responsibilities of a GTA
As stated in 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. GTA's 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.'
In addition to this, 'GTA's are expected to maintain standards of professional ethics appropriate for any member of academic staff.'
Further key responsibilities:
GTA's are expected to attend the necessary training courses and briefings with the module leader. They are expected to follow guidance initiated by the module leader in preparation for teaching. They are also encouraged to proactively initiate interaction with the relevant member of academic staff for the module they are assisting with.
GTAs are expected to prepare for teaching by acquainting themselves with the core reading and ensuring they have the ability to contextualise and/or summarise the material.
On occasion, GTA's may be asked to complete other duties alongside teaching as specified by the member of academic staff responsible for the module. Examples of this include:
- Running drop-in sessions
- Coursework marking
- One to one tutorials
- Running revision sessions
GTA's who wish to undertake invigilating during the examination periods must attend invigilator training held by the Student Office.