What should I expect from the role as a postgrad who teaches?

Rights and Responsibilities 

You don’t have to teach, unless this is a part of your funding package, and although you can apply, the University is not obligated to give you a teaching role. If there are roles available though, they should be advertised along with the application process.

The usual roles are Demonstrators and Module Assistants. Demonstrators help with practical and lab or computer based sessions. Module Assistants help to run the modules by leading tutorials, seminars or occasional lectures and designing module content (but not curriculum). Both roles can also involve helping with assessment.

Normally, Research Postgraduate students are limited to 250 hours per session (one calendar year) of paid activities, which should relate to teaching or your professional practice. Students reliant on a Tier 4 Visa are limited in the number of working hours they can undertake each week - check with the International Student Office about this.

You’ll also have inductions and training from the University and will be assigned a mentor to support you.  


You’ll be paid monthly in arrears and only paid for the teaching you do. However if a session is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice you’ll get paid for your preparation time.