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Teaching assistants

Our Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) are highly valued members of our undergraduate teaching team.

Interested in joining us?

Make sure you get your application in before Friday 27 April 2018 at 12pm GMT to be added to our ‘TA Pool’.

Pool membership does not guarantee teaching hours. If you are successful in joining the pool, hours will be allocated towards the end of August / September.

About the role

If you are interested in applying you will need:

1. A first degree in a relevant subject
2. And be:

  • registered as a postgraduate research student at the University; or,
  • in possession of a postgraduate degree in a relevant subject area; or,
  • in possession of a relevant professional qualification.

You will need good presentation, communication, and analytical skills, and a thorough understanding of the kinds of issues undergraduates may face.

We expect a strong understanding and interest in the subjects being taught and a willingness to adhere to the University's teaching quality standards. In return we offer high quality training and support to help you in your career development.


Our rates of pay are at Grade 5. Your hourly rate of pay will increase with each continuous academic year of teaching.

The University of Manchester is committed to delivering outstanding learning and student experience. In the Faculty of Humanities, Teaching Assistants play an important role in the delivery of high quality teaching to undergraduates. TAs are treated as members of staff with respect to their teaching activities and are provided with training free of charge as part of their professional development. As this is a professional role there are minimum training requirements which must be met before teaching commences in October. This amounts to 7 hours of online training and 9-12 hours of workshops delivered in Schools and Discipline Areas. The online units are designed to allow flexibility and TAs who already have teaching experience will find they take less time to complete. During the first semester of teaching TAs will receive up to 3 hours of online marking training and be expected to attend a two hour Teaching Development Forum. On completion of 24 training hours in total TAs will have the opportunity to receive professional recognition in the form of Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

How to apply

The deadline for applications to be added to the TA Pool is Friday 27 April 2018 at 12pm GMT. Please email your application to

Downloads and links

Find out more on the Faculty of Humanities Teaching Assistant Hub.