Research School IrregularPublished: Thursday, 23 August 2018
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School of Computer Science
Teaching Assistant Application 2018/19 - Semester 1
Dear PGR Students,
PGR students of all categories are hereby invited to apply to be a teaching assistant in semester 1 of 2018/19.
If you've applied before you will find the most recent self-assessment of your skills retained but please note there are two new skills which we would like you to assess yourself against please. They are:
Research methods: Generic research skills (literature review, project planning etc.)
Some PGR students have recently filled in the form. If that applies to you please re-submit the form so we know you've considered these skills. Applications submitted prior to today may not be accepted.
Once again we will be paying school funded TAs for their work and it is our intention only to assign work to school funded TAs who indicate they wish to work; however, if there are posts which we cannot fill we reserve the right to require school funded TAs to work under the terms and conditions of their funding.
We will also be continuing the practice of paying up to two hours per TA, per course unit, for preparation. If you have spent time preparing make sure you claim the hours you are due.
Rates of pay and further information, such as what can be claimed for preparation, are available on the Teaching Assistants' website.
Once again we have received feedback that on occasions TA attendance has been poor. We know that most of you are conscientious and reliable but there is a minority who are letting us all down. If you accept an assignment to be a TA you have a contractual obligation to attend when scheduled, which includes attending from the start of the lab. We are considering ways in which we might better monitor TA attendance so that we can address persistent offenders. We don't want to go down this route. Please, for the sake of all of us, read and abide by the instructions about what to do if you are going to be absent, and make sure you attend for every other occasion for which you are scheduled.
If you need to contact me please use COMPSCI-TA-ADMIN@listserv.manchester.ac.uk
Ruth Maddocks | Academic Support Officer | School of Computer Science | Room 2.127 Kilburn Building | University of Manchester | Kilburn Building | Oxford Road | Manchester | M13 9PL | Tel: 0161 275 6202 | Fax: 0161 275 6204.
We know it is frustrating when you can’t get hold of a book for your research. That’s why the Library is running the Order a Book Service again this year to support students when they can’t get the books they need for their studies. If the Library doesn’t hold a copy of the book needed, then you can fill in the Order a book form and the Library will get it for you!
If you have any queries about the service, then contact your Academic Engagement Librarian, Gemma Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Careers Service is looking for up to three current PhD students who would like to support their annual careers workshop for 2nd Year undergraduates. Timings would be 1200-1600 on Tuesday 18 Sept in the Kilburn Building.
The role would involve moving between tables of students and helping them with two careers exercises, as well as sharing any of your own experiences of going into a PhD. There will be a full briefing on the day, no preparation required, just a willingness to join in and share.
While this is unpaid, it does get you (a) in a room with a bunch of employers relevant to your discipline, (b) something extra for your CV, and (c) a free lunch. If you’d like to take part, please clear it with your supervisor and then contact Ben Carter at Careers (email@example.com).