Teaching Assistants in the UK - informal survey by the Manchester School of Social Sciences TA Committee
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University and Department
(e.g. Manchester University, Politics)
1. Are you paid for all of your mandatory training?2. Do you receive payslips and contracts that provide a detailed breakdown of hours spent on, and paid for, each task? (Specify if you can)3. Are you paid to attend the lectures of the course on which you are teaching?4. How many hours of preparation are you paid for teaching each class?5. How many minutes are you paid per 2500-word essay or exam marking? (Specify if you can)If you want to share a copy of a TA contract or payslip (which we would keep confidential and use on a strictly anonymous basis), please send it to: sosstacomm@hotmail.com If you are happy for us to (potentially) contact you about any of this, please leave your email address hereextra infoaction taken
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University of St Andrews, History NoContract shows breakdown, payslips only show number of hoursNo30 mins prep per hour of tutorial 1hr paid for 4500 words marked. Staff have admitted they cannot mark at this rate. (Current module coursework includes a book review- no paid time is allocated to TAs to read the books reviewed.)gillian.jack@gmail.com
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University of Manchester, politicsno payslips only show number of hoursI'm not required to attend any lectures4 hours/ class30 minues/2500 words - Always go over this, however. No one can mark a script and give substantive commentsanh.le-4@manchester.ac.ukInstitutional memory:
-training used to be paid (at least in 2014-2015)
-attending lectures used to be paid?
-see old contracts (ours, Luke, Leah?) to find how many hours were allocated for isntance for admin etc

-A group of TAs in Politics fought for improvements > made xxx gains > subsequently reverse by management without any consultation or transparency
Emailed Rachel, Thom and Henrique (Done: Caro)

Check old contracts (Christian)
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Birkbeck, University of London, Law Yes (and for attending meetings)Payslips show a breakdown, but largely incomprehensible (i.e., although payments are shown as distinct, it's not clear what each payment is for). Contract show contracted hours for each specific module and the payment rate.Unsure, but I believe it is included as part of our 'multiplier' which is supposed to include teaching prep and, where applicable, marking - but in reality the multiplier doesn't cover this (it hides the vast amount of unpaid labour)Our multiplier (if not marking ) is '2' which means 1 hour prep per contact hour. Which relates to previous question about payment for lecture attendance, i.e. it hides that we don't really get paid for it. For more detail on the multiplier and pay rates see: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/jobevaluation/faq/NFAPhase2If our role involves marking then our multiplier is '2.5', 1 hour prep per contact hour and 0.5 per contact hour for marking. This would work out that we get paid for approx 9 hours (at £18.72ph without the multiplier) per class we teach. Obviously if someone teaches three classes on the same module then they are getting paid more than someone that only teaches one class per the same module for making.p.mcdaid@bbk.ac.ukWe (UCU) are just about to enter into renegotiation of TA contracts with the management, this has been delayed by the recent strikes but we'd expect to get something better than we currently have out of it. UCU is in the process of trying to better organise the T&S staff here.Christian
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SOAS, PoliticsIf a SOAS PhD student, yes paid £200 for the mandatory 3 days training, if external to SOAS not paidSOAS started using a new system last year called VTS or VT system, which is much better at showing a breakdown of contact hours, plain time hours, holiday pay etc. This is new this academic year though, and isn't perfect, but definitely better than before, when it was exceptionally hard to know what had been paid for and what hadn'tYes, although I think only if you have not taught it before. I think whether you are paid to attend lectures for a course you have previously taught is at the discretion of the Department and whether they want you to attend, but I could be wrong about this last bit. Most people definitely paid for lecture attendance. At SOAS we have had two big rounds of struggle on TA pay and conditions (2014 and 2017)...this was one of the things we won in 2014 The multiplier is 2.5 so 1.5 hours per contact hour. Plus paid for 5 hours prep time per new course per term (i.e. full year courses you haven't taught before get paid extra 10 hours prep time). I think again these conditions are worse if you are a Teaching Fellow, i.e. not a SOAS PhD studentWe have a three tier system: up to 1,500 words it's 3.5 scripts per hour, 1,501 - 4,000 words it's 2.5 per hour and 4,001+ it's 1.5 per hour. So 24 minutes for a 2,500 script. The hourly rate, when holiday pay and London Allowance is included, is £19.50 per hour, I think. Payment for marking outside of the multiplier was something we only won in 2017 (after a marking boycott)lewiseturner@gmail.comWe've had a campaign running for a few years about this stuff, and had some good wins since 2014 (separate payment for marking outside the multiplier, without the multiplier being reduced, payment for lecture attendance and training etc). The campaign is called Fractionals for Fair Play (FFFP) https://www.facebook.com/SOASFractionalsForFairPlay/

List of gains they made: (UCU was involved)
https://www.facebook.com/SOASFractionalsForFairPlay/posts/735569666649871
Caro -- Permanency of TF and STF?? -- emailed + replied (doc on google drive) -- keep in touch
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The University of Birmimgham, Political Science and International RealtionsnoNo. The contract shows totals hours contracted and pay as as proprtion of FTE. Payslip simply shows ammount paid. The induction meetings each year however include a breakdown from HR/Management as to how these numbers are calculated. We have also been given documentation that talks us through it. No. We are paid one hour "preparation" for every hour we teach. It is up to us wether this involves attending the lecture (most don't)one hour for every hour taughtWe are paid to mark 6000 words an hour for essays. For Exams it is based on the length of the exam - each hour of the exam transtaltes to 10mins marking (i.e. each hour of the exam is worth aprox 1000 words). The number of scripts does not enter the calculation. Formative assignments and inclass assessmetns (presntations etc.) are assumed to be covered by the hour "prep"john.evemy@gmail.comChristian
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University of Manchester, sociologyNoContract shows breakdown, payslips only show number of hoursNo. But not required to attend.4 hours per week per module.Essay marking is never specified. Exam marking is 5 pounds per script.charlottebranchu6@gmail.com
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University of SheffieldIn the Politics Department, we are paid at a lower rate for in-department training. As for faculty training, there is uncertaity as to whether this is mandatory and paid. GTAs and UCU are trying to get all training paid at the same rate as teachingNo, contract is zero-hour if I'm right. We need to provide time sheets detailing hours worked to get paid. No. No requirement to attend.1 hour prep for 1 hour taught.25 minutes for essays, 15 minutes for exams
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University of Essex, Language and LinguisticsYesYes, this year they have improved the system and I received everything detailed at the beginning of the course. Last year, it was not that clear. Contracts take a long time to reach the employee. Marking is paid on top of the salar and hours spent marking need to be sent to the manager for payment.No. I am not paid. Last year, I attended and then realized they should have paid for those hours. Try to talk about it but ignored. This year, it is not considered a requirement and I did not attend.1 hour prep for 1 hour taught.You are supposed to mark 3 papers and a half in an hour. The hour is paid to around 15.I do not have my contract with me now, but if you contact me I will send you the details. Thank you for your help.lg16431@essex.ac.uk
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Leeds People did something similar at Leeds a few years ago, which was really great in terms of organising.

But management ended up downgrading people’s pay to the same level (in order to even out disparities, which was the claim), so be careful what you demand / ask for.
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WarwickArianna.tassinari@gmail.com otherwise the group email is warwickanticasualisation@gmail.com we have a long-standing campaign at Warwick on exactly these issues led by Warwick Anti-Casualisation (Arianna Tassinari on Facebook) -- https://www.facebook.com/WarwickAntiCasualisation/?fref=gc&dti=155327958458431&hc_location=ufi in touch: see document on Google drive. KEEP IN TOUCH!!

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