The University's first responsibility is to the integrity of the study and quality of the research student's learning experience. Accordingly, Faculties/Schools and research students are required to give first consideration to the successful and timely completion of research studies, within the terms of the University's formal offer of admission.
The University is unable to control employment undertaken by a research student outside the University, but the research student is enjoined to consider carefully the effects that such employment may have on the timely completion of their studies. Supervisors should be consulted and, where appropriate, research students should be reminded of any conditions set by their sponsor. In some cases, such conditions may require the supervisors to inform the sponsor if it is felt that employment may impede progress.
A small amount of non-subject-related work is permitted, generally outside normal working hours, but again, only with the express permission of the supervisors and if applicable, only when such permission is granted with full acknowledgement of the terms of the sponsoring body. In some cases, where applicable, this will require the prior approval of the sponsoring body. In the case of privately funded students and holders of University postgraduate research studentships, the maximum shall not normally exceed six hours per week.
However, the Progression and Awards Board may approve an extension to this six hour limit on the recommendation of the supervisors, provided that all such work shall be undertaken outside normal working hours, and that the total commitment, inside and outside normal working hours, does not exceed twelve hours in any single week.
Short term work placements in companies, whether paid or unpaid, and other collaborative links which will develop industrial/commercial awareness, is to be encouraged, and if applicable, must accord with the terms laid down by the sponsoring body. Research students who wish to participate in such training or other paid work directly related to their research studies must seek the permission of their supervisors. The supervisors must give formal consent to indicate that the intended work will not interfere with the research student's research programme and if applicable, is within the terms laid down by the relevant sponsor.
6. Senior Teaching Assistants and Teaching Assistants - Including Research Students enrolled on a PhD (External)
Senate Guidelines for Appointment of Senior Teaching Assistants/ Teaching Assistants - including research students enrolled on a PhD (External).
It is recognised that experience in teaching and assessment contributes significantly to the employability of postgraduate students, therefore the use of Senior Teaching Assistants/Teaching Assistants is encouraged subject to the following Guidelines:
Only enrolled Postgraduate Research Students, including research students enrolled on a PhD (External), should be employed as Senior Teaching Assistants/Teaching Assistants.
A Postgraduate research student, including research students enrolled on a PhD (External), must undertake the necessary training offered through Human Resources/SALT/Postgraduate Research Office and the department/ Faculty/School before being allowed to undertake demonstrating, teaching, tutorial, or assessment duties. Training must be successfully completed and reported to Human Resources before payment for demonstration or tutorial services may be authorised.
In appointing Senior Teaching Assistants/Teaching Assistants, departments must ensure that they have the relevant knowledge, skills and experience to undertake the teaching allocated to them.
Full-time postgraduate research students, including research students enrolled on a PhD (External), may not undertake demonstrating, tutorial or assessment work, inclusive of preparation time, for more than six hours in any one week.
A Senior Teaching Assistant/Teaching Assistant shall normally be used only for teaching undergraduates.
Senior Teaching Assistants/Teaching Assistants may contribute freely to demonstrating, tutorials and other support teaching, but would not be expected to contribute to more than 25% of the lecturing on any module.
All Senior Teaching Assistants/Teaching Assistants will be assigned a Mentor drawn from the Academic Staff, who may be the Module Coordinator of the module(s) on which the Assistant is teaching. The responsibilities of the Mentor will be as follows:To brief the Senior Teaching Assistant/Teaching Assistant on all teaching;
• To provide materials or monitor the quality of any materials provided by the Senior Teaching Assistant/Teaching Assistant;
• To monitor the quality of teaching provision;
• To provide marking criteria where the Senior Teaching Assistant/Teaching Assistant is used for assessment purposes and to employ quality assurance mechanisms to monitor their involvement in assessment, e.g. moderating of marks;
• To review student feedback provided on the Senior Teaching Assistant/Teaching Assistant as part of a professional development process.
Any exceptions to the above are subject to the approval of the Chair of the Progression and Awards Board.