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University College London Teaching Assistant Reviews

Updated 4 July 2017
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  1. "Graduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in London, England
    Current Contractor - Graduate Teaching Assistant in London, England
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London as a contractor

    Pros

    Established academics, really diverse student population.

    Cons

    Very competitive and, consequently, stressful


  2. "Postgraduate Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Contractor - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in London, England
    Former Contractor - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University College London as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    University College London is internationally recognised as one of the world's leading higher education institutions. Teaching there helped me to improve my teaching skills and my career prospects.

    Cons

    Postgraduate Teaching Assistants were often invited by a member of staff to assist them to teach a certain course. This meant that I was often unable to get the desired teaching experience. What was worse was that some of my colleagues were invited to teach more than two courses per term, while others were not invited to teach any courses.

    The hourly pay rate was low, and the hours allocated for marking were often not sufficient. While Postgraduate Teaching Assistants in our department were advised to refuse to do any work for free, many of them did. I once refused to work for free, and I was not offered to teach the course ever again. Consequently, one had two options to chose from when such a situation arose: do unpaid work or risk not being offered any teaching next year. Most Postgraduate Teaching Assistants were PhD students who were in need of extra income, which left them with no option. Doing unpaid work reduced the already low hourly pay rate.

    Postgraduate Teaching Assistants were not always given teaching evaluations provided by the students. Having no feedback on teaching was detrimental in two ways. First, I did not know what the students liked or disliked, which made it harder for me to improve my teaching skills. Second, having no evidence of teaching excellence made it virtually impossible to compete for academic jobs with a teaching component.


  3. "teaching assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England

    I have been working at University College London (More than a year)

    Pros

    They pay is really well.

    Cons

    Too much grading as there are a lot of students


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  5. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Transparent, positive, rewarding teaching and cutting-edge research environment.

    Cons

    Some departments would benefit from more buildings / space.


  6. "A very stimulating and relaxed work environment where you work with best brains in any given knowledge domain."

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    Current Employee - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (F6)
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (F6)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very relaxed work environment with great career progression opportunities. UCL encourages everyone including staff and students to engage in enterpreneurial activities .

    Cons

    Low salaries compared to other companies for a similar job description especially when comparing London wages and high cost of living, travel.


  7. "great university to work for"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at University College London part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great staff, great people, good pay

    Cons

    London is expensive, facilities ageing a bit


  8. "Very satisfied"

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    Current Employee - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (F6) in London, England
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (F6) in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at University College London part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is quite an international university. Here we can make friends across the world and they are all friendly. The facilities are nice, and the teachers are great. There are also many career-related events for the students to better prepare for their future.

    Cons

    At the centre of London, the campus is relatively small. Actually there is no campus at all - buildings span in different areas.


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    "PhD Teaching Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (F6) in London, England
    Current Employee - Postgraduate Teaching Assistant (F6) in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University College London part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Contributing to students learning. Good pay. Informal environment. Good communication system setup (moodle)

    Cons

    Work can be sometimes sparse and repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    In class student performance/participation reviews should be better monitored.


  10. "It was all right."

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant

    Pros

    A university is a good employer. The pay covered my tuition fees for a PhD and living expenses. It is nice to be around eager young and optimistic minds.

    Cons

    It is not a great place to work if one does not enjoy teaching. Unfortunately a large number of students are more interested in getting a degree than learning to think

    Advice to Management

    Raising fees will possibly allow market forces to make the university more effective as a learning institution, and hopefully improve the standard of teaching.