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Why teach as a PGR?

Warwick has nearly 11,000 postgraduates - and 1,250 of them teach on Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) contracts. Whether it's lab demonstrating, seminars, tutorials, lectures, or project management, teaching as a PGR offers a wide range of opportunities and benefits:

  • gaining valuable experience for future academic careers
  • transferable skills you can use outside academia
  • enhance your understanding of your own discipline and your own thesis research
  • collaborate with other teachers and researchers in the field
  • a link between staff and student experiences
  • extra income
  • a fun opportunity to engage with and shape the UG students
  • training opportunities and the chance to access Associate Fellowship status with Advance HE

Apply for teaching jobs

  • Browse GTA Vacancies
  • PGR Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) role profile overview
  • More information on GTA roles (Human Resources)
  • You can also ask your Department directly about opportunities with them

  • Please liaise with your supervisor(s) and department before applying, as it is important that you do not take on too much alongside your PhD.

Academic Development Centre

Warwick's hub for teacher training and professional development.

PGRs who teach are expected to complete Preparing to Teach in Higher Education prior to commencing work.

PGRs who teach can enrol on training such as APP:PGR, completion of which leads to Associate Fellowship membership of AdvanceHE.

There are also continuous development opportunities like the Cultivate series and the Teaching for Learning Online course.

Warwick Postgraduate Teaching Community

A network for PGRs who teach, run by PGRs: a buddy scheme, teaching resources, information about teacher training, and the Journal of PGR Pedagogic Practice.

Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence (WATE)

Open to all PGRs who teach. A great chance to reward their hard work.

Seven winners will each receive £350 and seven commendees will each receive £150. These will be split evenly across the Faculties and also include a dedicated award for interdisciplinary education.

Studying on an IATL module gives you the opportunity to work with students and lecturers from right across the university. Find out more about IATL PG Modules.


Advance HE is a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with institutions and higher education across the world to improve higher education for staff, students and society.

The Brilliant Club

an award-winning university access charity. They recruit and train doctoral and post-doctoral researchers to deliver programmes of university-style teaching to pupils in schools that serve under-represented communities.

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