University of Exeter Handbook (Transitional) Questions/Comments Dept of Physics

Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PTA) Roles

Introduction

Postgraduate research students in Physics, and in some cases other disciplines, are invited to apply for Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (PTA) roles roughly one month before the start of the academic year. All PGRS have the opportunity to teach or undertake other duties (e.g. demonstrating, marking, etc.) and are actively encouraged to do so, as this is an important part of career development. The University normally allows full-time PGRS to be employed as PTAs for up to 180 hours in an academic year and provides with support and training to enable them to undertake their duties effectively.

How to apply and the recruitment process:

Important notes:

General PTA Roles and Hours (2017/18)

These are provisional figures and documents but are not expected to change unless drafting errors are found.

Role Title / Link to HAT Paid Hours From Week To Week Module Descriptor / Further Information
Communications and Key Skills Tutor 13 T1:06 (2017) T1:06 (2017) Communications and Key Skills Course
Maths Test Marker (Double) 6 T1:00 (2017) T1:00 (2017) Week 0 Maths Test
Maths Test Marker (Single) 3 T1:00 (2017) T1:00 (2017) Week 0 Maths Test
PHY1025 Maths Problems Tutor 40 T1:00 (2017) T1:12 (2017) Stage 1 Maths Problems Classes
PHY1026 Maths Problems Tutor 36 T2:01 (2018) T2:11 (2018) Stage 1 Maths Problems Classes
PHY2025 Maths Problems Tutor 49½ T1:00 (2017) T2:11 (2018) Stage 2 Maths Problems Classes
Stage 1 Astrophysics Skills Demonstrator 42 T2:06 (2018) T2:11 (2018) PHY1029 IT and Astrophysics Skills (Part B)
Stage 1 Electronics Skills Demonstrator (Double) 78 T2:06 (2018) T2:11 (2018) PHY1028 IT and Electronics Skills (Part B)
Stage 1 Electronics Skills Demonstrator (Single) 42 T2:06 (2018) T2:11 (2018) PHY1028 IT and Electronics Skills (Part B)
Stage 1 IT Skills Demonstrator (Double) 94 T1:01 (2017) T1:12 (2017) PHY1028 IT and Electronics Skills (Part B)
Stage 1 IT Skills Demonstrator (Single) 50 T1:01 (2017) T1:12 (2017) PHY1028 IT and Electronics Skills (Part B)
Stage 1 Lab (Physics) Demonstrator 72 T1:00 (2017) T2:05 (2018) Level 1 Laboratory
Stage 1 Problems (Physics) Tutor 40 T1:00 (2017) T2:11 (2018) Stage 1 Physics Problems Classes
Stage 2 Lab (Astro) Demonstrator 84 T1:03 (2017) T2:11 (2018) Level 2 Laboratory
Stage 2 Lab (Astro) Observing Supervisor 21 T1:00 (2017) T2:11 (2018) Hours depend on weather
Stage 2 Lab (Physics) Demonstrator 81 T1:03 (2017) T2:11 (2018) Level 2 Laboratory
Stage 2 Physics Problems Tutor (1 Group) 68 T1:00 (2017) T2:11 (2018) Stage 2 Physics Problems Classes
Stage 2 Physics Problems Tutor (2 Groups) 134 T1:00 (2017) T2:11 (2018) Stage 2 Physics Problems Classes
Stage 2 Programming in C Demonstrator (Double) 84 T1:01 (2017) T1:11 (2017) PHY2027 Scientific Programming in C
Stage 2 Programming in C Demonstrator (Single) 45 T1:01 (2017) T1:11 (2017) PHY2027 Scientific Programming in C

Senior PTA Roles and Hours (2017/18)

These are provisional figures and documents but are not expected to change unless drafting errors are found.

These roles are normally undertaken by PDRAs, but in special circumstances experienced PGRS may be appointmented.

Role Title / Link to HATPaid HoursFrom WeekTo WeekModule Descriptor / Further Information
PHY2025 Maths Problems Senior Tutor71½T1:00 (2017)T2:11 (2018)Stage 2 Maths Problems Classes
Stage 1 Problems (Physics) Senior Tutor79T1:00 (2017)T2:11 (2018)Stage 1 Physics Problems Classes

Payment Arrangements

General information about the pay and conditions of PTAs is published by the University:

Payment will normally be paid in monthly instalments (in arrears) via

In their letter of appointment, students will be asked to complete sections A-E of the PD85 form (if they do not already have a University payroll number) and to submit this with their Hours Allocation Template (HAT) and proof of their right to work in the UK to the Finance Office. The Finance Office will then complete the remaining information, confirming the total hours contracted and payment arrangements. Payment will be made using the standard University rate, which is £16.57 per hour in 2017/18.

Timesheets will normally be used by the Module Coordinators to ensure students are fulfilling the hours contracted.


University of Exeter Handbook (Transitional) Questions/Comments Dept of Physics