Graduate Teaching Assistantship Programme

Updated 13 June 2022

About the programme

The Faculty of Law provides a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) programme in areas of need specified by the Faculty’s undergraduate Teaching Group Convenors.  These positions are competitive and applications are normally invited in Trinity Term or the Long Vacation for the following academic year.  

Opportunities are advetised on the Faculty website.  The Faculty will issue a Variable Hours Contract, and undertake a Right to Work check at the time of appointment.

The process

Teaching Group Convenors are approached in Trinity Term each year to bid for a GTA in their area (or in exceptional circumstances they can make a case for more than one).  Once approved, these opportunities are advertised to  graduate research students with as much detail as possible about the amount and type of work involved, and appointments are made to commence in the Michaelmas Term of that year.  To be eligible to be appointed as a GTA, students need to have attended the Preparation for Teaching and Learning at Oxford course provided by the Faculty each Trinity Term.  

Retainer

GTAs are awarded a retainer of £2,170 per annum (2021/22 rate) paid in three termly instalments by the Faculty.

Remuneration for teaching

GTAs are expected to provide up to 48 hours of undergraduate tutorial teaching for colleges, or teaching support, over the course of the academic year. They may work up to the weekly limit on paid work specified by the Faculty (8 hours per week, or a common sense average across the year), and this includes preparation and marking time. The teaching itself will be paid for by colleges at the Senior Tutors' Committee approve rates (from approximately £28 per tutorial hour).  

Remuneration for associated work

If required by the Convenor, the GTA role may also include tasks not directly connected to the GTA's own teaching, such as: answering queries from students on behalf of the Convenor, organising tutorials for other tutors, or updating the core reading list.  Such work will be agreed at the time of appointment and payment will be made upon the submission of approved timesheets.  It will be remunerated by the Faculty at University Grade 6.1 (£15.60 per hour in 2020/21).

Compatibility with other roles in the Faculty

GTAs may, in exceptional circumstances, and with the permission of the Graduate Studies Committee, hold GTA positions in tandem with other posts as long as the total teaching hours per week is within the limit specified by the Faculty (8 hours per week or a reasonable average over the year).

Other notes

GTAs cannot teach BCL/MJur/Masters options.  Requests for teaching support at this level should be made via the Additional Teaching form, and requests for students to teach at this level will be treated as exceptional and will require the approval of the Planning and Resources Committee.

Enquiries about the GTA programme may be addressed to the Graduate Studies Officer, Geraldine Malloy.

Updated 13 June 2022