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Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) PhD Studentships - Communications, Cultural and Media Studies

Edge Hill University - Creative Arts

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Ormskirk
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: A package worth over £20,000 per annum. See advert for details.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 2nd December 2020
Closes: 18th January 2021
Reference: EHGT260-1220

Fixed term: For 3 years (commencing October 2021)

A fantastic opportunity to study for a fully funded doctorate whilst gaining valuable teaching experience

About You

You will have a 2.1 or above undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, whilst a Masters degree would also be an advantage. You should have a passion for pursuing original research in your subject area along with the desire to develop your teaching ability by supporting an experienced and dynamic undergraduate programme team. 

Highly motivated, resilient and with the determination to succeed, you will be committed to undertaking a PhD and will possess strong written and oral communication skills along with excellent organisational skills. 

About the Role

Graduate Teaching Assistants hold a unique position in the University, being both registered students and carrying out teaching/teaching support duties.

Students will be expected to:

  • Complete a programme of researcher development sessions.
  • Undertake tailored continuing researcher development.
  • Complete a programme of training in teaching in Higher Education.
  • Complete a PhD programme of research under the guidance of an appointed supervisory team.
  • Undertake up to six hours teaching a week as directed by the Head of Department.
  • Undertake up to nine hours per week of marking and preparation.
  • Enhance the research culture of the department in which they are located, and of the University as a whole, by participating in development activities including publication and presenting at conferences.


We want you to feel happy when you come to work and proud when you go home. From the moment you join us you have the opportunity to enhance your skills. In addition to having the opportunity to enrol on our Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE) to support your professional development, we offer a range of specialist development sessions and courses. In addition to the wide range of development opportunities available, the University has a strong focus on the wellbeing of its staff. You will have access to an award-winning staff health & wellbeing programme, benefit from discounted membership to our state of the art sport and leisure facilities and so much more. This is just a taste of what we are able to offer you at Edge Hill University.

Each GTA studentship includes a ‘package’ with a total value in excess of £20,000 for UK students and £30,000 for International students per annum. This includes:

  • A stipend of £9,180 per annum
  • Full waiver of research degree tuition fees worth approximately £4,650 per annum for UK students and £14,050 per annum for international students
  • £5,500 per annum to contribute to the cost of accommodation 
  • Full waiver of the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education tuition fee (worth approximately £1,740)

For informal enquiries about this vacancy you may wish to contact the individual detailed in the ‘Project Information’ link below.

About Us 

“A great success story… an institution that improves and impresses year after year” – Times Higher Education.

We are recognised for our outstanding achievements in student satisfaction, staff engagement, graduate employment and innovation as well as our strengthening research profile, investment and growth. The Times Higher ‘University of the Year’ award also celebrated our distinct role in “transforming lives” – reflecting a distinctive philosophy of creating opportunity from excellence.

The University has been ranked Best University Workplace (Times Higher Education 2015), judged Best UK Employer (European Business Awards 2016) and highly commended in Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards 2017 for Workplace of the Year.

Based on an award-winning campus in West Lancashire, Edge Hill University offers a stimulating and empowering environment for ambitious and high performing professionals

Research Degree information session – GTA focus

The Graduate School will be holding a research degree information session, using Microsoft Teams, with a focus on GTA studentships on Wednesday 09 December 2020 at 17:00. You can book onto this session by emailing

GTA applicant Q&A session

A session will also be held digitally on Thursday 07 January 2021 at 17:30 for GTA applicants to ask the research degree contact for their area any final questions about their application. You can book onto this session by emailing

How to apply

Applicants must complete the online application form via and attach 5 separate documents in the following order:

  • A ‘Research Proposal’ which should not exceed 2,000 words
  • A full academic curriculum vitae
  • Qualification certificates and a scanned copy of your passport
  • A completed budget sheet (see application guidance for further support)
  • IELTs, or equivalent, paperwork – click here for further information (international students only). 

Applications without the above paperwork will not be considered for shortlisting. 

Interviews will be held between 01 March 2021 and 31 March 2021.

Project Information

Application Guidance

At Edge Hill University we value the benefits a rich and diverse workforce brings to our community and therefore welcome applications from all sections of society

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