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Graduate Teaching Assistants

3 x Graduate Teaching Assistantships/PhD Studentships (Ref: GT033-0714)

The Faculty of Education is one of the largest providers of initial teacher education in England as well as education related undergraduate programmes and an extensive range of continuing professional development programmes.

Research in the Faculty of Education is thriving. We have developed strong research partnerships with schools and have strengths in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods approaches. Our quantitative programmes of research have addressed the learning and achievement of students at all stages of learning with a particular focus on learner motivation, engagement and emotions, and how these interact with the classroom environment.

There are two Research Centres which exist to foster high-quality research, to provide direction for research activity and to encourage collegial collaboration. Successful applicants will work within one of these centres:

 The Centre for Literacy and Numeracy (CLNR)

The Centre for Literacy and Numeracy Research conducts theoretical and applied research in schools and colleges into factors that influence literacy and numeracy acquisition and achievement. The Centre aims to make evidence-based insights available to education providers.

The Research Centre for Schools, Colleges and Teacher Education (SCaTE)

SCaTE encourages the generation of high-quality research, robustly theorized, that benefits teachers and students, including Early Years children. This aim includes,

  • investigating questions around schools (including Early Years), colleges and teacher education,  that are relevant to practitioners and are situated in problems of public interest
  • framing these questions in a strong theoretical foundation and an existing literature base
  • designing and implementing rigorous enquiry, with due attention to ethical implications
  • communicating findings clearly and accurately, to academic and practitioner audiences

The Centres are intended to generate research that achieves standards of excellence and informs teaching in the Faculty. They are responsible for:

  • Stimulating new research projects and planning for impact from these projects
  • Applying for research funding
  • Monitoring research
  • Providing mentoring for members
  • Publicising research (e.g. through websites)
  • Disseminating research (e.g. through conferences)
  • Maximising the impact of completed research
  • Organising research events, including regular meetings for members

How to apply

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • A full academic curriculum vitae
  • A Research Proposal which should not exceed 2,000 words in length
  • Two independent academic references using the form provided

Applicants should normally have, or be about to obtain, a Masters qualification in a subject relevant to the studentship for which they are applying.

Full details of vacancy and how to apply

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on the following:

  • Your curriculum vitae
  • The synergy between your qualifications, research experience and declared research interest
  • The quality of the research proposal
  • Performance at interview
  • Supervisory capacity in the declared area of research
  • Previous tutoring/teaching experience and related subject based qualifications
  • The strategic and developmental needs of the faculty

Successful applicants should be available to take up a GTA position in November 2014.

We are particularly keen to build our research capacity further, and welcome applications for 3 PhD studentships. All the studentships will be combined with Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs).

Research proposals are invited in the areas below. Applicants who would like to submit proposals on other research topics are strongly advised to contact Professor Vini Lander by email Landerv@edgehill.ac.uk for an informal discussion and advice.

  • Language literacy and numeracy
  • School improvement
  • Teachers’ professional development
  • Early Years education
  • Special needs and inclusion
  • Equality and diversity
  • Student motivation, engagement and emotions
  • Classroom environment, learning and achievement
  • Knowledge mobilization and impact in education
  • Educational action research


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