Summary of hourly paid teacher descriptors

DescriptorMain featuresFurther information

Demonstrator

 

Under close supervision from a member of academic staff, to provide instruction and support to students in their practical work (e.g. in a laboratory, example class or field setting). Requires sufficient knowledge in the discipline to help students overcome problems they encounter. May assess practical work (subject to moderation). Requires a degree and normally studying for a higher degree. Training/induction is provided and support from an academic is readily available.

 

For further information see Demonstrator descriptor

 

Teaching Support Assistant

 

Under close supervision, to provide straightforward teaching support (using prepared materials) to small groups of students. Requires sufficient knowledge in the discipline to provide straightforward information and guidance to students based on material provided by the responsible academic. The range of issues to be covered should be predictable and constrained by the nature of the materials used. May undertake marking where clear guidance on expected answers is provided. Requires a degree and normally studying for a higher degree. Briefing and materials are provided.

 

For further information see Teaching Support Assistant descriptor

 

Language Tutor

 

Under close supervision, to provide straightforward language teaching to small groups of students working within a prescriptive scheme of work (or equivalent) prepared by the Department. This provides details of the content and the materials to be used. Requires native language speaker competence in the language to be taught and a relevant language teaching qualification. The range of issues to be covered is prescribed and constrained by the nature of the materials provided. Applies assessment methods devised by others and may mark work submitted by students. A prescriptive framework is provided and support is available from academic staff.

 

For further information see Language Tutor descriptor

 

Assistant Teacher

 

Provides straightforward support teaching in small groups but within a broad, not prescriptive, framework. Requires sufficient knowledge of discipline and teaching methods to promote depth of learning, respond to a full range of student queries and provide additional material/explanation/support as required. May mark formal assessments, where marking requires both subject knowledge and some judgment (subject to moderation by the academic responsible for the unit). Requires relevant postgraduate level study. Some support is provided by an academic.

 

For further information see Assistant Teacher  descriptor

 

Teacher

 

Provides lectures and/or primary small group teaching within an established unit which deals with the core knowledge base of the discipline (but does not need detailed current research/professional knowledge). Selects content and exercises/materials for own teaching sessions. Requires sufficient knowledge of the discipline, curriculum and teaching methods to promote depth of learning and understanding and ensure that learning objectives are met. May set assessment tasks and then act as principal marker for tasks set. Requires postgraduate/professional qualification. Some mentoring is provided by an academic (if required).

 

For further information see Teacher descriptor

 

Associate Teacher 

 

Provides lectures and/or primary small group learning on more complex topics, drawing on current detailed research and/or professional knowledge. Expected to work independently in delivering own teaching. Able to help students to understand complex issues arising from recent research/professional developments. Requires research and/or professional qualification and experience.

 

For further information see Associate Teacher descriptor

 

Senior Associate Teacher

 

Provides lectures and/or primary small group learning drawing on deep specialist research and/or professional expertise and authoritative understanding of their field. Expected to work independently in delivering own teaching. Able to help students to understand new and difficult issues arising from recent research/professional developments. Requires deep expertise and authoritative understanding in the discipline and some teaching/training experience.

 

For further information see Senior Associate Teacher descriptor

 

Teaching Unit Organiser

 

Takes responsibility for revising, planning and organising a unit within an established degree programme and takes lead responsibility for its delivery. Takes overall responsibility for the assessment of the students’ learning from the unit. Requires research and/or professional qualification and experience, and the ability to plan/organise an academic unit.

 

For further information see Teaching Unit Organiser descriptor

 

Teaching Unit Developer

 

Takes responsibility for planning and organising a new unit within an established degree programme and takes lead responsibility for its delivery. Uses deep research/professional expertise and authoritative understanding to design a new unit and develop the necessary learning materials. Takes overall responsibility for the assessment of the students’ learning from the unit. Requires deep expertise and authoritative understanding in the discipline and teaching/training experience.

 

For further information see Teaching Unit Developer descriptor

 

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