GTA For 6SSPP400 - Consent And Coercion

Job Description

Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Politics & Economics

Your Module Convenor will be your Line Manager, if you have any queries or questions, please make your enquiry with them first. If you have any other query regarding your employment, please email


- Delivery of agreed package of teaching activities to a high standard, under the direct supervision of a member of academic staff. These activities may include seminars, classes, tutorials, lab sessions, other small group work to develop student skills, demonstration for experiments/techniques in lab-based science and computing, and/or mentoring support for UG or PGT project work. Students will not normally be involved in lecturing, but in some cases may be asked to lead lectures if the topic falls within their specialist field.

- Participation in appropriate training including mandatory courses/sessions (e.g., courses, induction sessions.)

- Careful and proportionate preparation for teaching activities. In some instances, materials will be provided by departments/ faculties.

- Marking and assessment (formative and summative) under supervision of module leaders or other appropriate academic staff.

- Provision of timely and useful formative and summative feedback to students, holding weekly office hours or similar to provide students with opportunities for face-to-face meetings, and providing feedback and guidance via e-mail where needed.

- Maintenance of information and resources on KEATS and interaction with students via the VLE.

- Attendance at lectures where needed/requested to ensure consistency of module delivery.

- Routine administration and correspondence associated with teaching delivery.

- Liaison with senior colleagues regarding contributions to module development (e.g. course material, content development), planning of teaching and monitoring student progress.

GTA framework tariff of activities ( Variation will exist across academic departments and disciplines in relation to specific requirements of GTAs. Roles and responsibilities may also be subject to change.  If you are required to complete additional marking, these hours will be added to your assignment and your hours and contract length will be changed accordingly with your agreement after you have started.

GTAs will not be expected to:

- Lead lectures, unless they have accepted to do so on a very occasional basis, in their specialist field

- Provide pastoral support to students or act as a personal tutor

- Be involved in Open Days or admissions activities - Provide students with references

- Set assessments

- Be available to students at all times

- Carry out unremunerated additional work on an ad hoc basis Mandatory training All mandatory training (specific to the delivery of teaching, rather than generic training which all PhD students should already be undertaking as part of their studies) will be remunerated. Under the new model, all GTAs will receive 6 hours of remunerated training for every academic year in which they teach at King's, regardless of whether they have taught before or not. It is envisaged that this would constitute 6 hours of jointly delivered training with King's Academy and academic departments. Some faculties may decide that they wish to include more mandatory training and to pay their GTAs for this. It is also up to departments and faculties to work with King's Academy to decide what constitutes mandatory training, which element of this can be delivered online, and what constitutes professional development training for all PGRs. You should be informed by your GTA Lead ( about mandatory training. You can also visit the King's Academy GTA Development page ( for more information, resources and additional workshops that are available to you as a GTA.


Essential qualifications

1. A first degree in a relevant subject area (or have equivalent experience).

2. Currently studying towards a PhD in a relevant subject area (or have equivalent experience)


1. Experience of adapting own skills to new circumstances - essential

2. A good understanding of the HE sector - desirable

Personal characteristics / other requirements

1. Ability to self-reflect on teaching design and delivery and act on feedback for future improvements - essential

2. Ability to work as part of a team - essential

3. Ability to motivate high performance in others – desirable

Role specific requirements

1. Ability and willingness to engage in relevant departmental training and introductory pastoral support training - essential

2. Keep abreast of current literature in subject areas being taught - essential


In the Department of Informatics we are launching a new PGT Guidance Group scheme, an initiative designed to help students transition into postgraduate studies and enrich their experience at KCL. Recognising that students, particularly those arriving from diverse backgrounds and international locales, might face challenges in forging connections and navigating the academic landscape, this scheme seeks to bridge those gaps.

We are looking for mentors who are interested and available to act as a mentor of 5-6 PGT students at a networking event taking place on October 31, 2023. Mentors should be comfortable speaking about their own experience of settling in to their postgraduate study, or into London. Mentors will also attend a 15-minute briefing session online with the Informatics PGT Senior Tutor prior to the event. 

The theme of the first event is Settling in. This session is designed to guide students in establishing achieving a balanced academic and personal life, and forging personal connections with their guidance group members. This will be the first time that Guidance Group members will have met each other. 


Currently enrolled within an Informatics MSci or PhD programme.  


At least one year of experience living in London. 

Volunteer participant to assist second-year medical students during living anatomy tutorials. The participant would be required to lie on an examination table and act as a subject to be imaged using ultrasound. The session focuses on imaging of the abdomen, specifically the liver, kidneys and aorta, so the participant would need to be comfortable to expose the abdominal (stomach) area.


No qualifications are required.


No experience or skills are required. The participant would only be required to lie on an examination table.

The successful candidate will be part of a team testing viral vector gene therapy reagents aimed at treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and fronto-temporal dementia (FTD) on a commercially funded project. The aim of the project is to optimise the dose and delivery of gene supplement and knock-down vectors in cellular and animal models of disease as proof of concept and efficacy for potential clinical application. Working with Professor Shaw the candidate will join a team of Technicians and Post-doctoral scientists analysing cells and tissues transduced with plasmid and vector constructs and quantify the effects on target gene expression. For in vivo work the candidate will take care of different mouse colonies from breeding to sacrifice stage (including behavioural phenotyping studies), harvest and prepare tissues for histological sectioning, staining, imaging and quantitative analyses. In vivo work will be conducted over two different sites (Denmark Hill and Waterloo Campus). All experiments will be undertaken at a very high standard and all data treated with complete confidentiality.

Longer-term employment opportunities for will arise for the right candidates



  • BSc in Neuroscience or equivalent biological field

  • Personal License Rodent Handling 



Essential Experience in Animal handling 

In vivo experimental methods 

Rodent colony maintenance and genotyping 

Experience in rodent colony maintenance and genotyping

Expertise in animal tissue processing and immunohistochemistry

Experience in microscopy

Ability to work independently and within a team

Administrative skills for careful record keeping

Conscientious and organised

Ability to time manage appropriately

Willing to work during some weekends and bank holidays