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 (2020/21)

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

Role Title / Link to HATPaid HoursFrom WeekTo WeekModule Descriptor / Further Information
Communications and Key Skills Tutor13.0Week T1:06 (2020)Week T1:06 (2020)Communications and Key Skills Course
Maths Test Invigilator2.0Week T1:00 (2020)Week T1:00 (2020)Week 0 Maths Test
Maths Test Marker (10 Scripts)3.0Week T1:00 (2020)Week T1:00 (2020)Week 0 Maths Test
PHY1025 Maths Problems Tutor40.0Week T1:00 (2020)Week T1:12 (2020)Stage 1 Maths Problems Classes
PHY1026 Maths Problems Tutor36.0Week T2:01 (2020)Week T2:11 (2021)Stage 1 Maths Problems Classes
PHY2025 Maths Problems Tutor49.5Week T1:00 (2020)Week T2:11 (2021)Stage 2 Maths Problems Classes
Stage 1 Astrophysics Skills Demonstrator42.0Week T2:06 (2021)Week T2:11 (2021)PHY1029 IT and Astrophysics Skills (Part B)
Stage 1 Electronics Skills Demonstrator (Single)42.0Week T2:06 (2021)Week T2:11 (2021)PHY1028 IT and Electronics Skills (Part B)
Stage 1 Electronics Skills Demonstrator (Double)78.0Week T2:06 (2021)Week T2:11 (2021)PHY1028 IT and Electronics Skills (Part B)
Stage 1 IT Skills Demonstrator (Single)50.0Week T1:01 (2020)Week T1:12 (2020)PHY1028 IT and Electronics Skills (Part A)
Stage 1 IT Skills Demonstrator (Double)94.0Week T1:01 (2020)Week T1:12 (2020)PHY1028 IT and Electronics Skills (Part A)
Stage 1 Lab (Physics) Demonstrator57.0Week T1:00 (2020)Week T2:05 (2021)Level 1 Laboratory
Stage 1 Problems (Physics) Tutor35.0Week T1:00 (2020)Week T2:11 (2021)Stage 1 Physics Problems Classes
Stage 2 Programming in C Demonstrator (Double)110.0Week T1:01 (2020)Week T1:11 (2020)PHY2027 Scientific Programming in C
Stage 2 Programming in C Demonstrator (Single)58.0Week T1:01 (2020)Week T1:11 (2020)PHY2027 Scientific Programming in C
Stage 2 Programming in Python Demonstrator (Double)110.0Week T1:01 (2020)Week T1:11 (2020)PHY2035 Scientific Programming in Python
Stage 2 Programming in Python Demonstrator (Single)58.0Week T1:01 (2020)Week T1:11 (2020)PHY2035 Scientific Programming in Python
Stage 2 Physics Problems Tutor (1 Group)50.0Week T1:00 (2020)Week T2:11 (2021)Stage 2 Physics Problems Classes
Stage 2 Physics Problems Tutor (2 Groups)98.0Week T1:00 (2020)Week T2:11 (2021)Stage 2 Physics Problems Classes
Stage 2 Lab (Astro) Demonstrator84.0Week T1:03 (2020)Week T2:11 (2021)Level 2 Laboratory
Stage 2 Lab (Astro) Observing Supervisor21.0Week T1:00 (2020)Week T2:11 (2021)Hours depend on weather
Stage 2 Lab (Physics) Demonstrator81.0Week T1:03 (2020)Week T2:11 (2021)Level 2 Laboratory

PTA Organiser Roles and Hours (2020/21)

These are 'add-on' roles, normally undertaken by PDRAs but PGRS with previous experience of the problems class(es) may also be appointmented.

Role Title / Link to HATPaid HoursFrom WeekTo WeekModule Descriptor / Further Information
PHY1025 Maths Problems Organiser22T1:00 (2020)T2:11 (2021)Stage 1 Maths Problems Classes
PHY1025 Maths Problems Coach12Week T2:01 (2021)Week T2:11 (2021)Stage 1 Maths Problems Classes
PHY1026 Maths Problems Organiser22T1:00 (2020)T2:11 (2021)Stage 1 Maths Problems Classes
PHY2025 Maths Problems Organiser22T1:00 (2020)T2:11 (2021)Stage 2 Maths Problems Classes
Stage 1 IT Skills Organiser22T1:00 (2020)T2:11 (2021)Stage 1 Physics Problems Classes
Stage 1 Problems (Physics) Organiser35T1:00 (2020)T2:11 (2021)Stage 1 Physics Problems Classes
Stage 2 Physics Problems Organiser32T1:00 (2020)T2:11 (2021)Stage 2 Physics Problems Classes

Payment Arrangements

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

Payment will normally be paid monthly (in arrears) for claimed hours worked via the University Payroll System.

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. At the time of writing, for the academic year 2020/21, the starting salary will be at the full-time equivalent rate of £27,511 per annum (point 23) on Grade E, points 23 to 31, or £14.49 per hour. The casual teaching rate is £17.21 per hour; this is made up of £14.49 per hour plus holiday pay of £2.72 per hour.

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