We are currently recruiting graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) to act as a teaching assistant for a Year 1 BSc Medical Biosciences student who is visually impaired.
About the role: We are looking for an experienced, considerate, committed GTA that will act as a Teaching Assistant for a visually impaired student during the Spring term (now until 19th March 2024) of their Year 1 BSc Medical Biosciences (BMB) course. The main requirements of the role will be to assist with content formatting of session materials for the Integrative Body Systems (INTS) module, under the student’s direction. Currently the student undertakes all note-taking responsibilities themself, however there may be a need for formatting and updating these into an appropriate study guide/resource.
Job description – main duties and responsibilities
Duties will vary but might commonly include:
- Providing one-to-one assistance to a student with a visual impairment, to help them access their module information
- Inverting all E module Integrative Body Systems (INTS) content to a high contrast view – black background with white writing and uploading all inverted content to a pre-defined location for the student to access.
- Inverting all E module Integrative Body Systems (INTS) images / diagrams to a high contrast view – black background with white writing and uploading all inverted content to a pre-defined location for the student to access.
- Reporting to the Integrative Body Systems (INTS) module leads / Teaching fellows if any issues or concerns arise.
Assistant Person Specification
- Punctual, well organised and reliable.
- Good working knowledge of Integrative Body Systems (INTS)
- Comply with all the requirements for a GTA at BMB
- Excellent communication skills to liaise with both the student and academics on Integrative Body Systems (INTS) module
- Ability to work collaboratively with the Integrative Body Systems (INTS) module teaching fellow(s)?
- Ability to remain flexible and adapt to meet student needs.
- Good IT skills and access to a computer (sometimes resources will need to be scanned, reformatted, and emailed).
- Have a positive attitude towards diversity, equality and accessibility.
- A willingness to attend training relevant to the role as required.
Schedule and time commitment
- Term 2 (Spring Term) with immediate start date through to 19th March 2024
- Time commitment of up to five hours per week to undertake content adaption ahead of the student’s preparation for timetabled teaching.
- Additional weekly one-hour meeting, ideally on Wednesdays/Thursdays (remote/in-person), to discuss weekly schedule and detail what course content requires adaption with the student.
Ideally this would be fulfilled by one person as this allows the student to work seamlessly with one individual. However, a split responsibility post could also be discussed. The successful candidate(s) must have availability to attend shift(s) on the dates and times stated below.
- Wednesday or Thursday one hour slot (time to be pre-defined between student and post holder)
- Up to five (5) hours per week of formatting and uploading content (can be undertaken in evening) but must be completed in advance of the student’s timetabled teaching and preparation time.
If you have any questions about this position, please contact Student Services Manager – Fran Bertolini (email@example.com) for an informal conversation.