Graduate teaching assistants

Each year, LSE employs around 500 graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) who work across the full range of academic departments. In light of their significant contribution to teaching and learning at the School there are many sources of support and advice available, as outlined here.



The Handbook for graduate teaching assistants| (PDF) brings together a wealth of  information and advice designed to provide an insight into teaching and the support of student learning, covering topics such as

  • planning and delivering class teaching;
  • marking work and giving feedback; and
  • facilities and resources.

Also available in hard copy (by request to|)

Our Resources| page includes a range of other materials for teachers at LSE.

Development opportunities

Every year the Teaching and Learning Centre runs a series of GTA induction workshops for those who are new to teaching. The workshops run throughout Michaelmas Term and are repeated in a concentrated one day programme in January for those teaching only in Lent Term. All incoming GTAs will be sent details of the induction workshops through their home departments.

For GTAs who wish to gain a more formal award for their teaching, the School offers the LSE Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE), an internationally recognised qualification. See our Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education| page for more information.

Our Academic Development Scheme| page includes news and information about other workshops and formal qualification programmes running at LSE and elsewhere that may be of interest.

For your students

The Teaching and Learning Centre runs year-round learning and personal development events| for undergraduate and MSc students. Designed to complement students' academic learning, sessions follow the shape of the academic year, starting with introductions to study at LSE, moving through to developing core skills in reading, writing, participation and presentation, and ending with workshops on all aspects of exam preparation.

Post-exams, undergraduates have a fantastic opportunity to participate in an original social science research project through LSE GROUPS|. Recruitment begins in February each year and the projects take place in Weeks 9 and 10 of Summer Term.

Also in Summer Term, usually Week 10, MSc students are offered MSc Dissertation Week| - a series of workshops and events designed to help them plan, write and make the most of their dissertation.

For more information on all of these, as well as advice on well-being and links to many sources of additional support across the School, please direct students to our Undergraduate and MSc students| pages.