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Teaching Allocation Policy

All PGRs are entitled to apply for teaching, and will be interviewed by the Teaching Allocation Committee (which comprises the the Director of Teaching and Learning, and the Director of Graduate Studies plus one other TBC) in term 3 (usually in weeks 3- 6). Interviews will only take place upon the first application for teaching. Subsequent teaching assignments will be allocated without interview.

All PGRs can register interest in honours level teaching in their application by stating the relevant modules on the application form. However, it is usually the case that PGRs teach first-year modules only. Teaching is assigned based on subject-fit, support from the PGR's supervisor, the requirements of the department and, where applicable, previous teaching evaluations.

All PGRs must normally complete in-department training during their first year of teaching, to ensure good practice. PGRs have the opportunity to do a certified teaching qualification course through the Learning and Development Department. For the completion of these courses the PGRs will have to be teaching while doing the course.




Our policy on allocation:

  1. PGRs submit an online form to the department, outlining their year of study and the modules on which they would like to teach. In all but their first year of application, PGRs may register interest, but are not guaranteed to receive, honours level teaching by stating the modules they would be interested in teaching on their application.
  2. Convenors of modules do not appoint tutors: all teaching is assigned through the Teaching Allocation Committee with the input of convenors.
  3. Upon first application, all PGRs will be interviewed for teaching appointments by the TAC in term 3. Subsequent allocations of teaching take place without re-interviewing the candidates.
  4. First-year PGRs will not be considered for teaching and no PGR will be assigned teaching until they have been successfully upgraded from MPhil to PhD status. Those PGRs who, for whatever reason, are not upgraded until their second year will be considered for teaching in their third year.
  5. Fourth-year PGRs will also not be considered for teaching until they have submitted the thesis to the Graduate School. If the PGR has submitted her/his thesis to the Graduate School by the end of term 1, s/he will be considered for teaching in terms 2 and/or 3 of her/his fourth year. If the PGR is given a resubmission ruling in the viva, however, s/he will not be able to begin teaching until the thesis is successfuly revised. After successful revision, the application will be treated with priority, as per point 5.
  6. PGRs who do not teach in their fourth year will be given priority for first year and honours level teaching in their 'fifth' year (assuming a successful post-viva submission of the thesis to the Graduate School). Teaching will be allocated with priority for the next full academic year.
  7. PGRs in 'extension' because of extenuating circumstances will not be considered for teaching.

First-year BA module teaching

Second-year PGRs will be given priority for teaching first-year BA modules: currently Modes of Reading, Modern World Literature, From Epic to Novel, and Medieval to Renaissance. Assignment of tutors to these modules will be done by the Teaching Allocation Committee in liaison with the current convenors of these modules.

PGRs teaching for the first time in the English Department must normally complete in- department training during their first year of teaching, to ensure good practice.

PGRs who have recently submitted and successfully defended the PhD at the viva stage will also be considered to teach on first-year modules. In some instances, third-year PGRs who have not submitted their PhD will be considered for first-year teaching if the following applies: the supervisor supports it; if previous teaching has been positively appraised in student evaluations; successful completion of the department's teacher training provision; and if academic progress on the thesis is satisfactory.


Honours-level teaching

Honours-level teaching is usually restricted to those who have successfully defended their PhD at the viva stage and submitted a final copy to the Graduate School. Those who have successfully defended their PhD thesis in the past year will be given priority for honours- level teaching.

In some instances, third-year PGRs who have not submitted their PhD will be considered for honours-level teaching if the following applies: the supervisor supports it; if previous teaching has been positively appraised in student evaluations; successful completion of the department's teacher training provision; and if academic progress on the thesis is satisfactory.


Convening modules

Please note that PGRs cannot convene modules, cannot propose new modules and cannot supervise dissertations at any level. Only permanent members of staff may convene and propose modules and supervise dissertations. The convenor of any module must teach at least one section of that module. In exceptional cases, Teaching Fellows of postdoctoral status may be considered by the TAC as convenors. More information on these regulations can be found in the university's "Policy on the Employment of Postgraduates as Teachers".


Cover for permanent staff

Permanent staff who secure funding for research leave are encouraged to be part of the process of seeking replacements for their teaching: replacements will be at least postdoctoral and undergo the same interview process as PGRs. Staff who are absent for other reasons (personal or medical, for example) may also have teaching covered by postdoctoral candidates who must also go through an interview process.


Postdoctoral status

PGRs can apply for postdoctoral status in the department using this link: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/english/currentstudents/pg/postdoc

The status, which has a maximum 3-year term, allows PGRs who have successfully defended their PhDs at the viva stage to retain an email address and library access. Postdoctoral status cannot be renewed.

Continued access to the library and campus facilities is available indefinitely, however, through the alumni scheme, which can be applied for free of charge by following this link: https://www2.warwick.ac.uk/alumni/services/joinonline/