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Graduate Teaching Assistant - Sports and Exercise Science

Requisition ID:  12086

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  27-Sep-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £26,341 - £27,924  per, with progression to £30,947 annum

Closing Date: 25 October 2021



The Role

This role sits within the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences (BNS), part of our Faculty of Medical Sciences who deliver world leading innovation and research and teaching excellence. We are seeking to appoint two talented individuals to join the team as Graduate Teaching Assistants with part-time PhD staff studentships. The role will focus on excellence in research and teaching to uniquely develop an academic career.


This is an exciting opportunity to combine a teaching role with postgraduate research, and complete a part time PhD starting October 2021, under the supervision of Newcastle University's expert staff while gaining invaluable experience in the delivery of learning and teaching. You will provide teaching and learning support on the Sport and Exercise Science programmes within the School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences. 


You should have a strong academic background in Sport and Exercise Science, combined with the ability to pursue a substantial independent research project over a sustained period. The positions are for 6 years allowing for completion of a part time PhD.


Home tuition fees and £2500 pa consumables budget are included in the staff studentship. Only individuals with existing rights to work and study in the UK can be considered, as the role does not meet the requirements for visa sponsorship under UK immigration regulations.


PhD topic areas will focus around environmental physiology and exercise interventions in patients with diabetes.  Informal enquiries about the posts and PhD project topics may be made to Professor Emma Stevenson, e-mail emma.stevenson@ncl.ac.uk, telephone +44(0)191 208 8765

Our Sport and Exercise Science research within the Faculty of Medical Sciences experimentally addresses fundamental questions in health and sport sciences. Our state of the art physiology, nutrition and molecular laboratories alongside a cutting edge environmental chamber enable us to develop strategies to optimise health in general and sporting populations. Read more about health sciences here: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/bns/research/health-science/. 

Further information about the School is available at https://www.ncl.ac.uk/bns/ 

The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.

Key Accountabilities

•    Actively participate as a member of the Sport and Exercise Science teaching team with guidance, assistance and support from academic colleagues. The post holder may also contribute to the planning of teaching programmes within Sport and Exercise Science. 
•    Assist in the design, planning and delivery of laboratory classes, seminars and other learning activities, with assistance and support from academic colleagues
•    Develop teaching materials with assistance and support from academic colleagues. This includes writing handouts and other basic learning support materials.
•    Mark assignments to agreed criteria
•    Contribute to the development of examination questions. 
•    Assess student progress and provide feedback.
•    Attend and contribute to relevant meetings.
•    Reflect on practice and the development of own teaching and learning skills.
•    Continue to update knowledge and develop skills to inform and support teaching, integrating own scholarship or professional activities where appropriate. 

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    Knowledge, ability and expertise to teach Sport and Exercise Science at undergraduate level 

•    Ability to communicate effectively with students and colleagues to support student learning. 

•    Ability to contribute to course or method improvement.

•    Ability to successfully engage with existing faculty research programmes in Sport and Exercise Science, leading to completion of PhD.

Attributes and Behaviour

•    Ability to communicate effectively with students and colleagues to support student learning. 

•    Excellent written and oral communication skills 

•    Willingness to work flexibly and according to the demands of the programme



•    2:1 or 1st class honours degree or international equivalent in Sport & Exercise Sciences, Biosciences, Engineering or similar. 

•    MSc or MRes (desirable). 

•    Teaching Qualification (desirable)

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all.  You can learn more about what is available here on our Benefits Website page.

Requisition ID: 12086