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The School of English offers opportunities for our research students to be considered for appointment as Teaching Affiliates and to teach at undergraduate level.  Research students are normally invited to apply to teach from their second year of registration at The University of Nottingham onwards and will be paid in accordance with the Faculty of Arts Casual Staff Engagement Policy.  Full details about how to apply are below.

Please note that opportunities depend on School budget, student demand and individual research specialisms in each academic year.
The University also has guidelines for PhD Students who teach.

Rates of pay are benchmarked against the University’s salary scales at the first point of the appropriate level. Teaching Affiliates will normally fall within the Research & Teaching job family at level 4a. For a full list of the current rates of pay and teaching norms (how the payments are made depending on preparation time, marking, office hours etc.) please see the 
Faculty of Arts Casual Staff Engagement Policy which includes:

- Code of Practice for Working with Teaching Affiliates
- terms and conditions
- rates of pay
- guidance for casual engagements which explains how Teaching Affiliates are casually engaged and paid

It is important to note that any teaching offered must not take precedence over the PGR student's own study. The priority for the PGR student is to ensure timely submission of their PhD thesis by their submission date.

Casual engagements of students are subject to registration status and satisfactory academic performance. An assignment will not be offered where academic performance is not satisfactory and will cease with immediate effect where study is suspended either by the University or the student opting for Voluntary Interruption of Study, for example.

Support and Training

Teaching Affiliates are supported through all aspects of module teaching by staff already convening and teaching on the module and by a training programme run by the University’s Professional Development Unit. New Teaching Affiliates must attend the following training courses provided by Professional Development and will  not be able to teach until both these courses have been attended:

  • A Practical Look at Core Teaching Skills
  • Marking and Assessment

Applicants may wish to attend these courses before applying.  Information about how to register to attend these courses is available in the Short Courses programme on the Professional Development website, under 'Learning and Teaching'.

A system of peer observation within the School provides the opportunity for ongoing feedback and discussion of teaching.

There is also a member of academic staff who is appointed as the Teaching Affiliate Co-ordinator in the School and who holds an induction meeting/workshop at the beginning of the academic year to discuss any concerns and questions. The Co-ordinator and the Module Convenors also provide on-going support to Teaching Affiliates on any aspect related to teaching and assessment.

Training and Review for Teaching Affiliates

Observation of Teaching

All marking by part-time Teaching Affiliates should be moderated by Module Convenors.

All Teaching Affiliates should be observed teaching in the first year; in subsequent years, they would be entitled to ask for observation, particularly if teaching on a new module. This could be by the Module Convenor, the tutor’s teaching mentor, the Teaching Affiliate Co-ordinator or the Director of Teaching.

Informal oral feedback could be given directly to the Teaching Affiliate; a short evaluation report should be sent to the Teaching Affiliate Co-ordinator and PhD supervisor (if the Teaching Affiliate is registered as a PhD student in the School.)

Training Courses for Teaching Affiliates 

All new Teaching Affiliates will be required to undergo training, unless they already have professional qualifications and/or demonstrable experience in teaching at this level. Because of the timing of these courses, most initial training must be undertaken by Module Convenors.

An induction session will be held before teaching starts in the autumn term.  This session will be led by the Director of Teaching, the Teaching Affiliate Co-ordinator and the Year 1 Module Convenors.

Courses in Teaching and Learning
New Teaching Affiliates must attend at least two Graduate School/Professional Development courses on 'Marking and Assessment' and 'A Practical Look at Core Teaching Skills'.

Please ensure that you discuss with the Teaching Affiliate Co-ordinator your plans for training and development.  You will also be assisted in your teaching by a programme of peer observation and mentoring.

Teaching Review

Performance review and discussion for Teaching Affiliates was introduced in 2016 and was a useful opportunity for the Director of Teaching and Teaching Affiliate Co-ordinator to meet Teaching Affiliates individually, to review their teaching year.  It will be compulsory for all Teaching Affiliates to attend a Teaching Review meeting each year and a separate form is used at a meeting with the Director of Teaching and Teaching Affiliate Co-ordinator.  Teaching Affiliates are asked to complete the form and submit it at least 3 full working days before their scheduled meeting.

'New to Teaching' Resource

The University's Professional Development department has an online resource dedicated to new PG teachers, entitled 'New to Teaching', which you may find helpful.


All Teaching Affiliates would be provided with a teaching mentor. This could be the convenor of a module on which a Teaching Affiliate teaches, unless the module convenor also happens to be the PhD Supervisor. The mentor would be responsible for general advice and support.

For further information please contact the Teaching Affiliate Co-ordinator.



Teaching Affiliates normally teach seminars or workshops to first-year undergraduate students and required to deliver established modules under supervision. They will manage their own teaching activity and reflect on practice and development of skills. Teaching Affiliates are required to have an understanding and knowledge of their subject/discipline gained through a degree or equivalent qualification. A Teaching Affiliate’s specific duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Administration

  • Preparation

  • Teaching

  • Assessment

As per the Faculty Code of Practice on working with Teaching Affiliates, a convenor should set preparation work that corresponds appropriately to the time paid (one hour per contact hour; no preparation payment for a repeat delivery, e.g. second or third seminar group in a week for the same module). The preparation allowance includes time for oral or written communication between the Teaching Affiliate and convenor about the structure and content of the seminar, particular areas of focus, or for the Teaching Affiliate to plan approaches and questions that might stimulate discussion. While this preparation allowance might include time for some basic preliminary reading, it does not constitute payment for reading a whole text or body of literature, and this should be considered both at the stage that a TA is appointed and when the convenor is setting preparation work.

In addition to delivering these direct contact hours, Teaching Affiliates are also expected to:

  • attend the Teaching Affiliates' induction meeting held in the School at the beginning of the year;
  • read the section on the staff intranet for Teaching Affiliates and observe the standards of good practice
  • attend further training sessions run by Professional Development as required by the School
  • be available to students for consultation at an appointed office hour every week plus during assessment periods;
  • attend meetings organised by the Module Convenor as appropriate.

Application procedures


Essentials before you apply:

In order to be prepared for applying to join the teaching affiliate pool for 2018-19 (interviews for which will take place in Spring 2018), can all first year postgraduates who have an interest in teaching in the school:

    1. Please undertake the following training courses. 
      These are available for booking on Central Short Courses website at the following link
      1. A Practical Look at Core Teaching Skills -
      2. Marking and assessment -
      3. Foundations of Teaching in HE (optional) -
    2. Please ensure that you observe three first year seminars in total, in autumn and/or spring semesters, in order to gain the necessary experience. Please arrange this via your supervisor(s).

The Application Process:

The application procedures for Teaching Affiliates are in accordance with the Faculty of Arts Casual Staff Engagement Policy.

Teaching Affiliates successful at interview will be put into a casual staff pool for five years subject to satisfactory performance. When in the pool, Teaching Affiliates are not required to re-interview in order to take on further casual assignments.  Please note that casual staff have no obligation to be available for work, nor does the University have an obligation to provide work.

The next deadline to return an Expression of Interest forms to Emily Dawkes, in the School Office (A90), iMonday, 30 April 2018

The interview date is  tbc - normally in mid to late May 2018


Applicants must provide the following to Emily Dawkes, School Administrator (Operations) and include the following:

  • a completed Expression of Interest Form (available on the Faculty of Arts Casual Staff Engagement website)
  • an up to date CV
  • permission from their supervisors (see relevant section of the Expression of Interest Form)
  • your passport (not a photocopy of the relevant pages) to prove eligibility to work in the UK 

Research students who have already taught in the School do not need to re-apply to teach in 2018/19 but should contact their current Head of Section to confirm their availability for teaching in the following academic year.

Current Heads of Section (2017/18):

Head of Drama and Creative Writing

Dr Pete Kirwan

Head of English Language and Applied Linguistics

Dr Violeta Sotirova

Head of Literature, 1500 to the present

Dr Adam Rounce

Head of Medieval Language and Literature

Dr Joanna Martin



A copy of your passport will be taken to confirm to Human Resources that you are eligible to work in the United Kingdom. Please bring this in to Emily Dawkes in A90, Trent Building when you are next on campus.

Once Emily has submitted the necessary paperwork, HR will send you a basic  ‘Letter of Assignment’ (LOA) via email. This will confirm your unique Payroll and Casual Assignment Number, rates of pay, assignment dates and the University terms and conditions of assignment.

    • IMPORTANT: At this point you must provide your bank details and tax status information, via the link in the email you receive from HR.

You will then be sent a Letter of Engagement by the School offering you work as a Teaching Affiliate. This will detail the work that you will be expected to undertake, including the length of the engagement and the number of hours you will be paid.  

Once your engagement has been agreed Emily will prepare a pay claim form in hard copy.

    • You will need to sign this in person. I will hold these centrally.

    • The claim will authorise monthly payments of the agreed amount split equally over the period of the engagement.  

    • You will need to confirm what hours you have worked on a web-based online timesheet. This information will be matched to your letter of engagement from the school.

    • Claims for assessment are not included in the monthly payments and must be claimed separately. You will be sent a claim form for this at a later date.

If you have any queries concerning the appointment of Teaching Affiliates in the School of English please contact Emily Dawkes or Rebecca Peck.

Notice Period

The engagement automatically terminates whenever the Teaching Affiliate has completed the tasks for which they were engaged, and the University has no obligation to offer any other work or engagements in the future. Both parties can terminate the arrangement at any time upon one weeks notice in writing, if one or both parties wish to end the engagement.

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