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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 invited to apply to teach from the equivalent of their second year of full-time registration at the University of Nottingham onwards (e.g. after Confirmation Review) 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  
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 (e.g. a student has not satisfactorily progressed through their annual review.)
An assigned will cease with immediate effect where study is suspended either by the University or the student opting for Voluntary has opted Voluntary Interruption of Study, for example.



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Essentials before you apply

Research students are invited to apply to teach from the equivalent of their second year of full-time registration at the University of Nottingham onwards (e.g. after Confirmation Review.)

In order to be prepared for applying to join the teaching affiliate pool for 2020-21 (interviews for which will take place in Spring 2020), you will need to:

    1. Undertake the following training courses;
      These are all led by the Central Short Courses team, the first two are compulsory and the third, fourth and fifth are optional;
      1. A Practical Look at Core Teaching Skills -
      2. Marking and Giving Feedback -
      3. Foundations of Teaching in HE (optional) -
      4. Lecturing for Learning (optional) -
      5. Small Group Teaching (Optional) -

    1. Ensure that you observe three first year seminars in total, in autumn and/or spring semesters, in order to gain the necessary experience. these should be seminars delivered by academic staff in the School. Please arrange this via your supervisor(s).

    2. Complete the Expression of Interest form,including indication of specific Section (though 'interdisciplinary' candidates may indicate more than one section).


No Teaching Affiliate will be allowed in to the teaching pool without going through the application and selection processinterview process

Teaching Affiliates who are successful at interview will be put into the schools casual staff pool for a maximum of 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.
Teaching Affiliates MUST NOT work until they have gone through this process.

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The next deadline to return an Expression of Interest forms to Louise Mason, in the School Office (A107) is 9am 8th June 2020.

The interview will be held at some point between 6th July 2020 and 10th July 2020. Exact dates will be confirmed once the Expression of Interest deadline has passed.

Applicants must provide the following to


Emily Dawkes, 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 - to be brought to the interview.

The next deadline to return an Expression of Interest forms (see below) to the School will be via Emily Dawkes, no later than 9.00 am on 8 June 2020.

An interview will be arranged for candidates between 6 and 10 July 2020.
Exact dates will be confirmed once the Expression of Interest deadline has passed.

Research students who have already taught in the School do not need to re-apply to teach in 2020/21 but should contact their current Head of Section and


Emily Dawkes to confirm their availability for teaching in the following academic year.

Current Heads of Section (2019/20):

Head of Drama and Creative Writing

Prof Professor Jo Robinson

Head of English Language and Applied Linguistics

Dr Lucy Jones (Semester 1)

Dr Violeta Sotirova (Semester 2)

Head of Literature, 1500 to the present

Prof Professor Máire ní Fhlathúin

Head of Medieval Language and Literature

Dr Paul Cavill


Short interviews of approximately 20 minutes (including a brief presentation on an area of research interest) will take place with the Section Head and Teaching Affiliate Director, using pre-determined generic questions.
Interview outcomes will be communicated by the Senior Administrator (Operations) who copies in the Section Head and Teaching Affiliate Director. 


Section Heads must double check that all provisional Teaching Affiliates have all successfully completed their relevant annual review, e.g. confirmation review and progressed to the next stage of their PhD. 

When this has been completed, offer letters will be issued by the Senior Administrator (Operations) and arrangements made to register Teaching Affiliates with Unitemps.


The Senior Administrator (Operations) will maintain an up-to-date record of the teaching pool, broken down into Sections, on behalf of the School.


A copy of your passport will be taken to confirm to Human Resources that You should bring with you your passport when you are interviewed to confirm that you are eligible to work in the United Kingdom. You should bring with you your passport when you are interviewed. 

If you are successful at interview you will 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.  


Please visit: to register.

It is essential that you register with Unitemps before undertaking any work.
You will not be paid for any work done prior to registering as it is a legal requirement to have your eligibility to work confirmed before working. Once you have registered you will be issued with a unique
six digit payroll number, which is required in order for payments to be made to you.


Unitemps Contact Details
Telephone: 0115 84 67374
Location: Job Zone, Portland Building, B17

How HR are involved for non-postgraduatesTeaching Affiliates who are not Students

As part of the casual engagement process we work closely with HR to get your engagement record set up so you can be paid for the work you are engaged to do. To enable this to take place, you will need to register with HR as a casual worker. You will receive
an email from the HR department, which explains how to complete this process.


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

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.