Graduate Teaching Assistant: Studentship Scheme

Sheffield Hallam University - Faculty of Development and Society

The Department of Education Childhood and Inclusion

The Department for Education, Childhood and Inclusion has a wide remit with a commitment to enabling its graduates to work in a wide variety of roles; often, but not exclusively, in educational settings. The Department encompasses a broad spectrum of activities with a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, the Autism Centre, and the TESOL Centre, which specialises in English Language teaching. We recently were rated as 3rd highest performing new university for education research in the 2014 REF, and are currently actively seeking to enhance performance in the 2020 REF.

The Sheffield Institute of Education

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The Institute has moved into the prestigious new Charles Street building is part of the University's overall aim to improve the student experience and enhance the University's reputation. This development will bring together the Institute's two departments (Education Childhood and Inclusion, and Teacher Education) and the research centre for development and research in education (CDARE) and house all three on one site. It features plenty of specialist resource rooms, laboratories, workshops and studios, and dedicated spaces for teaching and learning.

The Faculty of Development and Society

The Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion sits within the Faculty of Development and Society.

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Graduate Teaching Assistant: Studentship Scheme Information

The three-year Graduate Teaching Assistant Studentship scheme is designed to help the Department of Education Childhood and Inclusion within Sheffield Institute of Education develop academics for the future. With a focus on excellence in research and support to develop skills in teaching within Higher Education, it offers a brilliant opportunity to develop an academic career.

You will successfully complete a doctoral research programme within one of the departmental areas Education, Early Childhood, or Childhood, focusing on an issue related to Inclusion.

Alongside this you will contribute to the delivery of our taught programmes within Education, Early Childhood, and Childhood through tutorials, seminars, and other work with students.

You will also be supported to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy ensuring you establish expertise in pedagogy in Higher Education.

The core elements of the scheme are:

  • £14,553 bursary.
  • A fully funded PhD programme.
  • Leadership and support from your teaching and learning mentor to apply for Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
  • A programme of structured induction and ongoing personal development.
  • Regular appraisals to review learning, development, and performance.
  • Attendance at relevant academic conferences.


We are looking for two Graduate Teaching Assistants to undertake research in the field of Education and Inclusion. The research proposals will have to address inclusion issues in relation to Education, Early Childhood, or Childhood, any proposal addressing these areas will be considered, projects addressing the topics noted below will be viewed favourably. 

  • Addressing the BME attainment gap in Higher Education.
  • Developing Inclusive Higher Education Pedagogies.
  • Inclusive assessment strategies in Higher Education.
  • Children and young people's rights/identity.
  • Children and young people's well-being and education.
  • Gender and childhood.

Funding and fee agreement

Due to the high investment we are making in the funding of this scheme, you will be asked to sign a fee and funding refund agreement which will apply if you fail to successfully complete the scheme.

Non UK/EU nationals

Suitable candidates from outside the UK/EU may apply but non UK/EU students must fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee. If English is not your first language you will be required to have a British Council International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) overall band 7 with a minimum score of 7 in all skill areas. (please see section 4 of the application form for full details).

How to apply

You need to complete:

  1. An application form containing a proposal for a PhD programme of research. We invite proposals related to the topics outlined above, but are also happy to receive proposals for PhD programmes related to the required areas.
  2. A covering letter outlining your aspirations and suitability for teaching in higher education and your commitment to completing a research degree.

Please email documents to by 12 pm (midnight) on 14/09/17. Please clearly state the reference number on the application form and your covering letter.

You will be informed as soon as possible after the closing date if you have been short listed. If you have not received notification from us within four weeks of the closing date, please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.


For informal enquiries regarding these opportunities please contact:

  • Dr Iain Garner, Head of Department: Education Childhood and Inclusion (; PA support Mr Daniel Philliskirk, Department Secretary: Education Childhood and Inclusion (
  • From 30th August to the 6th September please forward enquires to Dr. Karen Dunn, Head of Academic Development (

Selection Event

Selection events for these roles are expected to be held w/c 25/09/17. These will include:

  • An oral presentation on your research proposal with research leaders.
  • A mini-teaching task with course/teaching leaders.
  • A panel interview with both research and teaching leaders.
  • Further details on the selection event will be provided to shortlisted candidates.