1.1 Becoming a GTA at LSE

Recruitment and selection of GTAs is the responsibility of academic departments within LSE. Anyone interested in applying to be a GTA in a particular department must therefore contact that department directly. Different departments have somewhat different approaches to recruitment and appointment and to the details of the contracts they offer, according to their differing requirements. Once appointed, you should receive a formal contract of appointment from the School's Human Resources division. Every individual appointed to work in the School is expected to provide necessary evidence of eligibility to work and to sign and return their contract. Most GTA contracts are in place before the start of the new academic year (or appropriate term, should you be working on a 'half unit' course). However, due to the very high workload faced by HR and academic departments at the start of the academic year, there may be some delay. If you are concerned about your contract, contact the departmental manager in the department in which you are teaching in the first instance.

Some departments now have a full-time member of staff designated as the guide/mentor/adviser to GTAs. In addition, some departments (eg Mathematics, Government, Accounting) have detailed guides or handbooks of their own for GTAs. Many departments organise departmental briefing sessions for GTAs, as do the teachers responsible for courses employing GTAs. Check with your departmental manager to find out what local information is available.

The School has produced Guidance on Good Practice for the Employment of Graduate Teaching Assistants and Guest Teachers at LSE|. A full copy of this document should be included in the paperwork sent to you with your contract.  It is also available on the Human Resources website (lse.ac.uk/hr) under 'Graduate teaching assistants, guest teachers and emeritus teachers' in the Human Resource's A-Z search|. In summary, the guide indicates that hourly paid teachers have the same responsibility as other teaching staff for maintaining the quality of teaching and learning and enhancing the international reputation of LSE, and should adhere to the School Codes of Practice (see Section 1.2 below) The roles and responsibilities of a class teacher|). The guidelines include standards on contracts of appointment, course details, examination and marking, departmental and school communication and the use of equipment and facilities. The document also contains guidelines on performance monitoring and staff development.

The document outlining terms and conditions of employment for GTAs and guest teachers can be found on the HR website here|.

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