FAQs - Background

From 24th September 2018, postgraduate students who are engaged for regular/pre-scheduled work will be employed on annualised PTA Contract of employment to ensure equality of treatment with other colleagues on similar working patterns.  These changes form part of an ongoing review of our contracting arrangements for workers, and will form part of a 12 month pilot.

There are many benefits including:

  • Greater professionalisation of the role of the Postgraduate Teaching Assistant, including clear association with the Education and Scholarship academic terms and conditions of employment;
  • Enhances students' future employment opportunities by including employment status on CV’s;
  • A commitment by both parties - in terms of the University to provide work and by the employee to undertake the work that has been agreed; 
  • Participation of postgraduate students in induction, probation, training and Performance Development Review procedures (via ePDR) for which payment will be made for participating in these activities;
  • Membership of the University’s pension scheme arrangements “Universities Superannuation Scheme” and other benefits received by employees of the University, including sickness benefits.
  • Ensures that the terms and conditions and benefits are applied equitably with other employees on similar contracting arrangements.

Additional information is available as follows:

If you have any queries regarding this new process please refer to our contacts page.

You will continue to be engaged in accordance with the arrangements set out in the “Employment of Postgraduate Students: Code of Good Practice”, and will receive notification of the hours you are required to work using the HAT1 form.    You will continue to demonstrate your Right To Work before commencing any work at the University. 

Changes that will take place are that:

  • Any contractual documentation will now be issued by People Services to all postgraduate students undertaking work, rather than Colleges;
  • You will be requested to complete a pre-medical assessment form to assess the need for any reasonable adjustments (as with other employees);
  • Your hours will be averaged out over a 12 month period and you will be paid in accordance with the average rather than by submitting claims based on the hours you have worked each month;
  • You will automatically be enrolled in the Universities Superannuation Scheme;
  • You will participate in induction, probation, training and performance development review processes (via ePDR) for which you will receive a standard payment;
  • You will not be able to undertake other employment without prior approval of People Services, and therefore you will no longer have access to the eclaims system;
  • You will need to give notice and resign if you wish to be released from your work commitments.

Additional information is available as follows:

If you have any queries regarding this new process please refer to our contacts page.

Early Career Researchers are already employed on contracts of employment and any additional work must be by prior approval of People Services.