Opportunities at GCU

Collaboration is at the heart of our community at GCU, and there are many workshops and training options that may be of interest to our researchers. Click on the titles below to see more about different opportunities at GCU.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA)

GCU LEAD hosts a series of Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) workshops aimed at PhD students considering lecturing as a career. Topics that have been covered in the series include:

  • Teaching to small groups
  • Teaching international students
  • Blended learning
  • Teaching through simulations
  • Managing disruptive behaviour in the classroom

Visit this page to see how the programme is structured and for all other information on the courses please contact Elfrieda Callaghan, GCU LEAD (Centre for Learning Enhancement and Academic Development) by email: e.callaghan@gcu.ac.uk.

College Connect Tutor 2019

The College Connect team invites applications for the posts of Collect Connect Tutor. The role will combine the development and delivery of classroom-based teaching of core subject skills to college students preparing for study at GCU. This post is ideally suited to postgraduate research students looking to develop and deliver their own teaching methods and materials, and to support the University’s mission in widening access to Higher Education. We are seeking to recruit multiple College Connect Tutors to represent the academic disciplines taught at GCU and the wide range of courses students articulate into from colleges.

We are looking for applications from postgraduate research students in the following areas:

  • Nursing
  • Healthcare
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer Games, Software Design, Interactive Entertainment
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Construction, Property
  • Computer Networks, Security Engineering
  • Social Sciences
  • Accountancy, Finance and Risk  
  • Media, Journalism
  • Business, Marketing and Events Management

Benefits

  • As a College Connect Tutor, you will earn £18.24 per hour + holiday pay on a casual hours contract (between 3-10 hours of teaching). You will also be paid for development and preparation time.
  • College Connect Tutors receive training by College Connect staff, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with college students.
  • Enhance your employability by developing your own teaching methods and share your passion for teaching and supporting students.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To develop and deliver teaching activities of core skills required for subjects at year 2 or year 3 of undergraduate level
  2. To welcome, advise and encourage college students preparing for year 2 or year 3 entry onto GCU degree programmes

Knowledge/Qualifications

  1. Honours Degree in a subject related area
  2. Registered for a PhD or other postgraduate research degree at GCU at the date of appointment

Skills

  1. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  2. Excellent interpersonal skills and presentation skills
  3. Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  4. Time management
  5. Ability to work with little supervision

Experience

  1. Prior teaching experience, ideally in a HE setting

Or

  1. Public engagement/Outreach experience

The College Connect team will be holding information sessions where you can find out more about College Connect, widening access, and the role/application process for College Connect Tutors.

Application

Please click here to download the application form.

If you are interested in the role of College Connect Tutor, please attend a session:

Wednesday 10th April 1pm-2pm, George Moore, M705

Thursday 11th April 10.30am-11.30am, Hamish Wood, W115

(campus map is available to download here)

If you cannot make one of these sessions, but are interested in the role, then please contact us at:

Emily.Flaherty@gcu.ac.uk

or 0141 273 1774

Postgraduate Research (PGR) Rep Opportunity

Research Student Reps help improve the Postgraduate Research experience by feeding back key issues that affect postgraduate research students to both the University and GCU Students’ Association.

ICT Bytes Webinar Sessions

The Learning Development Centre in the School of Health & Life Sciences offer half-hour webinar sessions on various ICT skills. A webinar is a seminar/demonstration conducted over the Internet. The presenter has a microphone and a camera and also can share their screen so the attendees will hear and see the presenter, as well as their computer screen to follow the demonstration. All that is needed to participate is a computer with internet connection and speakers or headphones. Topics that are covered include:

  • Charts in Excel
  • Page numbering in Word
  • Writing equations in Word
  • Drawings and pictures and their formatting in Word
  • SmartArt graphics (diagrams) in Word and PowerPoint
  • Use and formatting of tables in Word
  • Styles and TOC in Word
  • Publications (brochures) in Word
  • Simple Gantt charts in Project
  • Survey Monkey
  • Google Docs for Questionnaires
  • Google Docs for collaborative Writing

To book on to one or more of the webinars please email LDC_HLS@gcu.ac.uk, call 0141 331 3456, or visit the team in Room A107.

PILOT: Postgraduate Information Literacy Online Training

PILOT has been developed to support you with your research. It aims to:

  • provide a holistic overview of searching, information and the rapidly changing world of scholarly communication
  • cover aspects of the publication process, including open access and internet publishing plus subject and institutional repositories
  • give information on bibliographic software, copyright, referencing and plagiarism 

You can use PILOT as a linear programme or you can dip in and out of it as required. You can contact library staff at any time using email, or during office hours by telephone, or by visiting the library.

If you have any suggestions or feedback, please contact the PILOT web team at ddil@gcu.ac.uk